Posted by Ahem on July 20, 2001 at 04:10:57:
Displaying what his defense lawyer called a "sheer lack of criminal professionalism" Paul Fulham lifted his stocking mask to reveal his face to people he recognized, and was so drunk he couldn't find his way out of the shop after the bungled raid.
"He was going through Christmas in an alcoholic haze and went to the only shop in town where he was sure to be recognized as he had lived nearby all his life," defense lawyer Finian Brannigan was quoted as saying by the Irish Mirror.
"He said hello to people he knew and was falling about all over the place and then couldn't get out of the door of the shop."
The incident took place in Drogheda, north of Dublin, on December 28 last year. Fulham, 23, was jailed for a year at Drogheda District Court, the Irish Mirror reported.