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Robber jailed for nine years over crime spree

A robber with a number of previous convictions, was sentenced yesterday for a total of nine years.

Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Alastair Devlin told Darryl Paul (24) from Devon Parade, Belfast, that he will serve half the sentence in custody followed by the same period under supervised parole.

Paul, with more than 40 convictions of dishonesty and numerous other convictions, pleaded guilty to a series of crimes including robbery, hi-jacking, having a gun, handling a stolen car committed during July last year, and shop lifting in October 2009.

Defence lawyer Taylor Campbell claimed that a drunken Paul, who was pressurised into getting involved in the robbery, had since made serious changes in his life and that his guilty pleas, which deserved substantial credit, were an indication of remorse.

Paul was sentenced to seven years for the robbery and associated crimes, to which was added two years for handling the VW Golf. The final term of one year, for the shoplifting, was made to run concurrent with those sentences.

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