26/09/2012

'Shameless' Actor Jailed For 6 Months For Robbery

A television actor has been jailed for six months for his role in the robbery of international money transfer facility of €5,200.

25-year-old Craig Fitzpatrick, who starred in the hit series 'Shameless' and 'Waterloo Road', became hooked on cocaine after his life went on a "downward spiral" when he came to live with relatives in Ireland, the court heard.

Fitzpatrick was extradited to Ireland from England last week having fled the country in 2009 when he was charged with the robbery of the 'Moneygram' branch in Limerick city.

The actor was lookout for an accomplice who, armed with a knife, threatened a woman working in the premises on August 15, 2009.

The two men fled with a box containing €5,200.

When arrested by gardai, the actor said he received between €1,000-€1,100 for his role in the robbery. He was charged and released on bail, but failed to turn up to a subsequent court appearance.

A European arrest warrant was issued and Fitzpatrick was arrested by Greater Manchester Police on September 4.

Fitzpatrick, who is originally from Manchester and provided gardai with an address at Emmet Place, St Joseph's Street, Limerick, moved to the city six months before the crime.

(H/GK)


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