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Man jailed for two years for armed robbery bid

By John Cassidy

A west Belfast man who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant armed with a knife has been jailed for two years.

Patrick McManus (24), of Divismore Park, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of the Emerald House on the Falls Road, Belfast, possessing a knife with intent and obstructing a police officer.

Belfast Crown Court heard the offences were committed on September 27, 2016 when McManus walked into the restaurant and approached the counter which was unmanned at the time, with a knife. After a short period of time, he left empty-handed. He was later arrested when he returned to the restaurant.

McManus had previously been convicted of an attempted robbery in 2011 while armed with a small knife for which he received a two-year sentence suspended for two years. He was sentenced to four years - half in custody and the remaining two years on supervised licence after release.

He received concurrent sentences of 12 months for possessing a knife and two months for obstructing a police officer.

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