Arklow man jailed for 3 years

A heroin addict now living in Wicklow has been jailed for a robbery he carried out 15 years ago.

33-year-old Darren Byrne, of St Peter’s Place, Arklow who has 43 previous convictions, has been given a three year sentence .

East Coast FM report that Byrne was sentenced to three years in prison with the final two years suspended for a syringe robbery.

He failed to show up for his sentencing in November 1998 and the bench warrant issued for his arrest went missing.

The warrant was recently uncovered by gardai in Arklow.

He pleaded guilty in November 1998 to carrying out a robbery in Dalkey and to attempted robbery in Bray both on March 15th , 1998.

Byrne and his accomplice used an uncovered syringe to threaten two separate victims at ATMs.

During the attempted robbery in Bray, one of the men told the victim he was going to stick the needle into the man’s leg.

He told Gardaí in an interview that he was sick on drugs and looking for money for heroin. In March 1999 Byrne’s accomplice was jailed for three years with two and a half years suspended.

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