first_imgAn armed man who robbed a lady was caught thanks to the quick actions of runners who had just completed a race.David Keane leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.David Keane robbed a woman in Letterkenny yesterday evening as she walked home just after 8pm. Keane, 22, a barman, snatched a handbag from Anne Marie McBrearty, who is just 4’6″ tall.Keane pulled the handbag with an iPhone, bank cards and cash worth a total of €400, from the shoulder of Ms McBrearty.However Ms McBrearty screamed and alerted runners who had just completed a local 5k race.The men gave chase and Keane dropped the bag a few hundred yards down the road but managed to flee.A short time later he was spotted again by the good samaritans who contacted Gardai.Garda Stephen McGonigle told Falcarragh District Court today that he spotted Keane and after a chase he eventually caught him on a football pitch at Letterkenny Community Centre.When he caught Keane, he discovered that he was carrying a knife but managed to arrest him.Garda McGonigle interviewed Keane, of 2 Fairleigh House, Letterkenny, who told him he had lost €200 gambling at a betting shop that day and was frightened of telling his girlfriend.He said he had gone to his house and got a knife with the intention of harming himself and pretending to his girlfriend that he had been robbed and hurt.However, after wandering around Letterkenny for four hours armed with the knife, he came across Ms McBrearty and decided to rob her handbag.He was later charged with robbery and the possession of an offensive weapon.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Michael Shiel said his client did not know what had come over him but he desperately needed the cash after being earlier refused an advance in his wages by his employer.Judge Paul Kelly condemned the attack and heard Ms McBrearty was suffering from a sore neck and shoulder.“This was a very cowardly attack on a young lady of small stature and it must have been very frightening for her. Thankfully she had a presence of mind and thanks to two passers-by and Garda McGonigle, he was apprehended.“It is alarming that a man was wandering round Letterkenny for four hours with a knife no matter what his state of mind was,” he said.He adjourned the case until July 15th for a community service and probation report on Keane.He released Keane on bail in his own bond of €500 and ordered him to sign on daily at Letterkenny Garda station, surrender his passport and not to loiter around the centre of Letterkenny.JOGGERS HELP CAPTURE ARMED MAN WHO SNATCHED WOMAN’S HANDBAG was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kAnne Marie McBreartyDavid KeanedonegalGardaihandbag snatchedjoggersJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img

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