Man accused of attempt to rob pub had 15 previous convictions
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Man accused of attempt to rob pub had 15 previous convictions

A man who was part of a “haphazard” attempt to rob the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh has been handed a prison sentence of four-and-a-half years, reports Claire Henry and Eimear Dodd.

Jason Paget (35) pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at the Marble Arch Pub, Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh, and using a car without the consent of the owner on August 12, 2021.

Paget also pleaded guilty to counts of assault causing harm, taking possession of a vehicle without the consent of the owner and dangerous driving on December 18, 2021 at Long’s Place, Dublin 8.

The accused was on bail in relation to the incident at the Marble Arch pub at the time of this offending.

Paget, of John Field Road, Dublin is currently in custody and has 15 previous convictions which include aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary.

Imposing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, Judge Orla Crowe said Paget had fallen into a “spiral of offending” on his return to the jurisdiction after a period living in Britain.

Judge Crowe noted that the pub was not a domestic premises and had been unoccupied at the time. While the offending took place in a “haphazard fashion”, she said it was a “serious offence”.

Judge Crowe handed Paget a three-year sentence on the burglary count. In relation to the events of December 18, 2021, Judge Crowe said it was “reckless criminality committed by a man on bail”.

Paget had “endangered the public” by driving dangerously across a residential area and had also assaulted a garda in the course of his duties.

Judge Crowe imposed two-year sentences on the counts of assault and the unauthorised taking of a car to run concurrently to each other and consecutive to the three-year sentence for burglary of the Marble Arch pub.

She suspended the final six months of the two-year sentence on strict conditions.

The court heard that gardai were on mobile patrol in the early hours of August 18, when they spotted a car parked outside the Drimnagh pub. Gardai noticed the pub’s alarm was ringing and the shutter had been forced open.

Two men were seen trying to push a cash register under the door, but they retreated inside when they spotted gardai. A few minutes later, gardai went to investigate after hearing dogs barking on a nearby street.

Paget was arrested in the vicinity around 30 minutes later in a highly intoxicated state with a cut on his head.

At around 9pm on December 18, 2021, a pizza delivery driver dropped the keys of his car while working on the South Circular Road.

Three men took the keys and drove off in his car. Gardai pursued the car, which was driven by Paget.

During the incident, the car drove on the wrong side of the road and the wrong way on a roundabout. At one point, the car was being driven on two wheels around corners, forcing other road users to take evasive action.

The car later crashed into a parked car at Long’s Place. The car chase lasted approximately ten minutes, moving from Dublin 12 to the Dublin 8 area. The three occupants of the car fled the scene, with gardai in pursuit.

Paget engaged in a struggle with Garda Dara Higgins and did not submit to arrest. He was sprayed with pepper spray and struck with a garda baton.

He fell to the ground taking Garda Higgins with him. Paget was arrested and taken to Crumlin Garda Station, where he was assessed by a medic.

Garda Higgins was brought to St James Hospital, where he was found to have a fractured hand. Paget was also taken to the same hospital for further medical assessment where he spoke to Garda Higgins using foul language.

Separately, a second man who pleaded guilty to the burglary of Marble Arch pub will be sentenced next month.

Charles Darcy (34) pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at Marble Arch pub, Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh and using a car without the consent of the owner on August 12, 2021.

Darcy, of John’s Lane West, Dublin 8 also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm at Long’s Place, Dublin 8 on December 18, 2021.