A MAN who put a bag-for-life on a bank counter and demanded cash, claiming he had ‘blades’ in an attempted robbery was remanded in custody for two months for sentencing.
Noel Cambridge of 22 Willow Park, Douglas Road, Cork, pleaded guilty to a charge that on last August 21 he went to the Allied Irish Bank branch on Douglas Road and attempted to commit a robbery.
Garda Barry Lawton testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that Noel Cambridge arrived at the counter of AIB on Douglas Road, Cork, on August 21, 2019, and put a bag-for-life on the counter and told the cashier to put cash in it.
“The cashier asked, ‘Is this a joke?’ The defendant then said, ‘I have blades’,” Garda Lawton said.
The would-be bank robber then left the scene emptyhanded.
From CCTV in the area he was seen going to a petrol station on South Douglas Road and in to Nemo Rangers.
“He went to the gym for a period of time. He returned to the AIB,” Garda Lawton said.
Fortunately, Garda JP Twomey – who was off-duty at the time – was present in the bank.
Garda Twomey phoned for the assistance of colleagues and when he was there he searched Noel Cambridge.
The defendant had three knives in an open position, He had glass wrapped in plastic, a Tesco bag, a tin of butane gas, a water bottle cut in half.
“On his left hand he had a lighter taped with duct tape,” Garda Lawton testified.
In a follow-up search of his car there was a balaclava, a large knife and a BB gun for shooting ball-bearings.
Paula McCarthy, defence barrister, said the accused clearly had psychiatric issues at the time.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin commented that psychiatrists seems to have a very casual attitude to cases of this sort.
“If anything goes wrong there will be no psychiatrist put his head over the parapet but they will all say what did the judge do about it?” the judge said.
The judge added that it was very fortuitous that Garda Twomey happened to be in the bank on the day.
Ms McCarthy BL said the defendant was suffering a psychotic episode at the time.
The judge said he had no desire to remand the accused in custody one day longer than necessary but would remand him in custody until the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court in two months so that a full psychiatric report could be prepared.