Armed robber sentenced to eight years

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook NewsLocal NewsArmed robber sentenced to eight yearsBy admin – May 24, 2011 1350 Twitter Linkedin Emailcenter_img A COUNTY Tipperary man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after Judge Carroll Moran described what was a “horrendous experience” for the Morrissey family in 2007 when 25-year-old Declan Whyte was one of five men that held them at gunpoint demanding money at their home. Declan Whyte with an address at Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary, was one of five armed and masked men who broke into the home of local businessman Seamus Morrissey in Galbally, Co Limerick four years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The gang, including Declan Whyte, held Seamus Morrissey and his wife, Siobhan, with their two young daughters at gunpoint in their house until Siobhan handed over €14,000 from the safe. Whyte, the only one of the five to appear before the courts, had pleaded not guilty at the trial despite admitting his involvement when questioned by gardai at the time of the incident.Prior to sentencing, Siobhan Morrissey described September 19, 2007, the day that was “the worst day of their lives” and something that would leave a mark on the rest of their lives. Judge Carroll Moran said this was an horrendous experience for the victims and in his view the appropriate sentence was 10 years.However, he discounted the last two years on the basis that Whyte was not the main leader of the gang and that he had been influenced by another person.An eight year sentence was imposed and Judge Carroll Moran granted leave to appeal. Print Advertisement Previous articleLove Gourmet week hits LimerickNext articleLimerick murder trial collapses as jury discharged adminlast_img

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