Cannabis smoker held knife to pensioner’s throat during robbery

16 October 2018
Irish Independent

A first time offender who held a knife to the throat of an 83-year-old pensioner during an attempted post office raid will be sentenced in October.

Nine days later Dean Creedy (28) handed himself into gardaí after seeing CCTV footage from the attempted robbery on RTE’s Crimecall.

Detective Garda Dominic McGrath told Fionnuala O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that Creedy saw a preview of the programme just before the 9pm news and called his parents. He then attended at his local garda station shortly after the programme aired.

Creedy told gardaí that he started using cannabis to self medicate after taking himself off anti-depressants. He owed €600 to his dealers and was under threat to pay it so he decided to rob the post office.