Man is jailed for mugging a man on Cork's South Mall

Man is jailed for mugging a man on Cork's South Mall

The man jailed was one of two who robbed a young man of about €5 in cash and a bottle of orange at South Mall, on January 13. Pic; Larry Cummins

A man with a drug addiction was jailed for two years for carrying out a robbery of a small amount of cash and a bottle of orange from a man in Cork city.

Detective Garda Ian Coughlan said Damien Long of 53 Ardbhaile, Mayfield, was one of two men who robbed a young man of about €5 in cash and a bottle of orange at South Mall, on January 13.

The detective said Long (29) produced a knife during the robber as his accomplice went through the injured party’s bag.

The victim later spotted the same men elsewhere in Cork city and notified gardaí.

Damien Long said he out of his head on drugs at the time and admitted his part in the crime. He had 96 previous convictions.

His accomplice never admitted his part in the crime and was found not guilty by direction of the trial judge in another court.

Damien Long had been on whiskey and tablets at the time of the robbery.

Ray Boland defence barrister said: “What has him before the court is his own admission. His co-accused who took a different approach is out the gap, so to speak.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “The accused was on drugs at the time and that tends to make people unstable. Whatever addictions he has, at 29 he has not even begun to address them.” 

The judge imposed a sentence of four years with the last two years suspended.

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