Man admits knifepoint robbery of cyclist in Dublin

Ian McCluskey (20) stole bicycle and two mobile phones from victim at Inchicore

Ian McCluskey (20) leaves Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where his sentencing was adjourned. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Ian McCluskey (20) leaves Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where his sentencing was adjourned. Photograph: Collins Courts.

 

A man who carried out a knifepoint robbery of a bike from a cyclist will be sentenced next month.

Ian McCluskey (20) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at the Seventh Lock on the Royal Canal, Dublin on July 31st, 2016.

Dean Kelly, prosecuting, told the court Fiach McHale was cycling along the canal when he came to the canal lock and dismounted.

McCluskey came up to him and asked him for the time. When the victim took his mobile phone out to check the time, McCluskey pulled out a box-cutter knife.

He waved the knife in the victim’s face and told him to “get off the bike and run”, the court heard.

McCluskey then jumped on the bike and cycled off, taking the victim’s mobile phone and a second phone that was in pannier on the bike.

Arrested

McCluskey, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, was later arrested with the stolen items.

He admitted the theft and told gardaí the victim was “obviously scared”. He said he never intended to use the blade and asked gardaí to tell the victim he was sorry.

In a victim impact statement, Mr McHale said he was threatened at knifepoint and could not defend himself. He said he was left miles from home after the robbery.

Judge Karen O’Connor adjourned sentencing to December 19th.