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Dunmurry man pleads guilty over robbery of cash van

BY JOHN CASSIDY

A west Belfast man has pleaded guilty to robbing a cash-in-transit van.

Thomas Andrew Martin Thompson (22), of Cloona Glen, Dunmurry, was due to stand trial today at Belfast Crown Court over the armed hold-up almost two years ago.

But on application of his defence barrister Barry Gibson, Thompson was re-arraigned before Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland on the two charges he faced.

He pleaded guilty to robbing a cash-in-transit driver of a cashbox containing more than £6,000 on June 23, 2012.

Thompson further pleaded guilty to having an imitation handgun with intent to cause the driver to be in fear of violence.

Prosecution barrister Philip Henry said there was no objections to Thompson being released on bail. Judge David McFarland said: "Bail is granted but that should not be taken as an indication as to what the appropriate sentence will be and he should be made aware of that.''

The Belfast Recorder adjourned sentencing until May 1 to allow the prepartion of a pre-sentence report.

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