A JUDGE imposed an eleven-month sentence on a young man who must have seen himself as “the hard man of Carrigaline.”
Judge Olann Kelleher made the comment after hearing evidence of Jamie Landy’s part in three different robberies.
In one of the robberies, the defendant and his accomplice took a phone from another youth who was kicked in the stomach on the ground by Landy’s accomplice until he told them his PIN number. Landy, aged 18, and the other youth laughed as they walked away with the phone, Sergeant John Kelleher said at Cork District Court.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “These are terrible crimes. He seems to regard himself as the hard man of Carrigaline. He is hanging around a playground threatening people and months later he does the same thing.
“These were cowardly acts. He is suffering the consequences. He has a long career ahead of him in custody if he carries on like this.”
Frank Buttimer solicitor said, “Mr Landy has had certain difficulties in his background. That does not excuse his behaviour. He has connections with Carrigaline.
"He left and later came back to where he knew certain persons. He accepts he is as much bad company as anybody else. All of this happened when he was under the influence of alcohol or intoxicants.”
Mr Buttimer said the 18-year-old was in custody and doing well in terms of taking up rehabilitation options.
“He asks me to express his remorse. He wishes to say he apologises to the injured parties. He knows they have been affected by his behaviour,” the solicitor said.
Sergeant John Kelleher outlined the background to the three robberies at Cork District Court.
On June 13 two youths were sitting on concrete bollards on the alleyway between Ardcarrig and Mount Rivers.
“They saw two males passing and got a bad vibe so they decided to leave at 10.30pm.
“One said 'what do you have?' He said he had a phone. One took it and the young man asked for it back but got a punch in the face.
“The other man with Landy asked for a password but knew it was fake when he tried to put it in the phone. This man kept kicking the young man in the stomach until he told him the right password.
“Jamie Landy then said, ‘that’s enough’ before they both left the scene laughing and walking towards Mount Rivers. The injured party did not need medical attention as a result of the incident.
"On the same night at Mount Rivers he searched another young man and took a euro coin and bus bass. Jamie Landy then head-butted him and kneed him in the face before kicking him in the face two or three times when he had fallen to the ground. The victim suffered bruising and a swollen nose and swelling to his forehead."
Jamie Landy, aged 18, of Failte, Upper Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline, County Cork, admitted his part in these and one other robbery.
On May 24, a young man was practicing basketball at Carriglaine community complex when Landy approached him asked for a lighter.
He robbed him of his iPhone on threat of using a knife to stab him. The injured party did not see a knife but believed he had one.
“Jamie Landy then threatened him that if he told anyone about what happened he would come back and cut him up.
He was arrested later that night and had the iPhone. He handed it over to Garda Colm Ahern and claimed he had found it earlier,” Sgt. Kelleher said.