Serial criminal jailed for robbery of parcel van
A 21-year-old west Belfast man with an "appalling" criminal record has been handed a 15-month prison sentence for robbing a delivery driver.
Anthony Thomas Brady, a father-of-one from McDonnell Street, pleaded guilty to the charge at Belfast Crown Court.
Prosecutor David Russell told the court that on October 2 last year a driver was delivering parcels for Yodel when Brady and another male approached the van.
While Brady stayed outside the van, his accomplice became involved in a struggle with the driver. During the incident, Brady told his accomplice to "leave him (the driver) alone, that's enough". The pair then fled with several small parcels.
Mr Russell told Judge Gordon Kerr QC that Brady was linked to the robbery via a fingerprint.
Brady's barrister said that his client accepted he took the items but pointed out that he did not assault the van driver.
Telling Brady his criminal record was "quite appalling", Judge Kerr QC said: "It's lucky for you that the person robbed didn't suffer a severe trauma."
Brady was handed a 15-month jail term, half of which will be spent on licence.