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Murderer carried out Domino’s attempted robbery as ‘he could not cope with freedom’

Thursday, 2 March 2017

A CONVICTED murderer was sentenced to five years in jail on Friday (February 24) for the attempted robbery of two delivery drivers outside Domino's pizza in Ballymena.
Keith Mawhinney (37), of Drumtara, Ballee appeared at Antrim Crown Court to be sentenced on two charges of attempted robbery and one of carrying a firearm with the intent to commit an offence.
The charges relate to an incident on January 22, 2016 at the rear of Domino's Pizza on the Galgorm Road.
The court heard at around11pm two delivery drivers were approached by Mawhinney who was wearing a balaclava.
One man, Kristan Millar, was sitting in a locked vehicle in the car park behind Domino's waiting on a colleague to finish his shift. The other man, Rob Cibotaru, had just returned from doing a delivery and saw Mr Millar sitting in the car.
It was then that he noticed someone at the passenger window of the car waving at him.
When he looked closer he could see the person, who was Mawhinney, was wearing a balaclava and holding a gun.
Mawhinney said to Mr Cibotaru "Give me the money!"
However Mr Cibotaru managed to run into the Domino's store.
Mawhinney then approached the car where Mr Millar was sitting in the passenger seat and tapped on the window.
Mr Millar wound the window down one centimetre and Mawhinney ordered him to "get out of the car" and to go inside and get him money from Domino's.
When Mr Millar didn't get out of the vehicle Mawhinney walked away towards Larne Street.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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