Jail for north Belfast store robber who mortified his mother
A 19-year old man who robbed a children's clothing store in north Belfast has been handed an 18-month sentence.
Philip Larkin, from Alliance Avenue in the city, will spend nine months of his sentence in custody with a further nine months spend on licence upon his release.
Belfast Crown Court heard Larkin targeted the Tiny Togs shop on the Crumlin Road, which sells children's clothes and school uniforms, on March 8 of this year. Crown prosecutor Philip Henry told Belfast Recorder Judge McFarland that Larkin entered the shop and after demanding money and pushing two female shop assistants, he fled the premises with the till, which contained around £120.
Larkin was later identified as the man caught on CCTV running down a street close to the clothing store with a till.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to robbery.
A defence lawyer told the court the money was repaid to the store by Larkin's mother, who was very upset by her son's actions.
Branding the robbery as "spontaneous" and "amateurish", the lawyer said his client regretted his actions.
Ordering Larkin to spend nine months in custody, Judge McFarland said: "Owners and people who work in small businesses, because of their vulnerability, need to be protected."