Brothers in armed crime spree warned they face jail
Two brothers who embarked on a drugs and alcohol-fuelled crime spree armed with an imitation handgun, a machete and a baseball bat, were told by a judge yesterday they were going to jail.
Michael and Andrews Carlin, both in their 20s and from Deramore Drive in the Strathfoyle area of Londonderry, pleaded guilty to 26 offences during their rampage on November 18, 2014.
Their crime spree started at Amelia Court in Ballymagroarty when the brothers swung the machete and baseball bat at a resident, narrowly missing him. They then caused damage to his house and car.
They then went to a Spar shop at Fairview Road. There they shouted at members of staff, who knew them, to open the till, but the shop manager together with a security guard forced them out of the shop.
The brothers, both of whom have previous convictions, then forced their way into two homes in the Galliagh area and ordered the occupants, at gunpoint, to hand over their car keys.
One of the victims, a mother of three children, fought back and pushed the firearm out of her face before screaming for her husband. The defendants fled, but managed to steal another car, which they crashed at speed at Earhart Park.
They then attempted to hijack at gunpoint another car, but the male motorist refused to get out of his vehicle, even after the replica gun was pressed against his head and the trigger pulled.
Both brothers were arrested the following day.
Judge Philip Babington told the Carlins that he would sentence them next Friday.