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Pizza shop robbers jailed for seven years

By Michael Donnelly

Published 06/05/2015

Two drunken robbers who held staff of a pizza outlet at knife-point last September before making off with cash and a mobile phone have been sentenced to a total of seven years
Two drunken robbers who held staff of a pizza outlet at knife-point last September before making off with cash and a mobile phone have been sentenced to a total of seven years

Two drunken robbers who held staff of a pizza outlet at knife-point last September before making off with cash and a mobile phone have been sentenced to a total of seven years.

Judge Stephen Fowler told 31-year-olds William Carrigan and Stephen Dalton they pleaded guilty at the first opportunity they had, "no doubt, given the overwhelming evidence against them and (the fact) they were caught virtually red-handed".

The Belfast Crown Court judge said that time and again the courts had made it clear vulnerable staff members working for small retailers were "deserving of the courts' protection".

A drunken Carrigan, from Graymount Road, Newtownabbey, and Dalton, from Fairfax Court, Belfast, were caught in a car by police a short time after the terrifying robbery on September 8 last year.

Strewn about the vehicle was the cash from the raid and the mobile belonging to a member of staff. Both will serve at least three-and-a-half years.

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