Robbery of Charlottetown hotel gets five years in federal pen

Published on July 5, 2014

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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A 38-year-old Charlottetown man who robbed a city hotel while armed with a weapon was sentenced Friday in provincial court to serve five years in a federal correctional facility.

Troy Douglas Carragher was sentenced to additional terms ranging from three months to one year on five other charges.

Those charges included wearing a mask in the commission of a criminal offence, uttering threats, theft and breach of an undertaking.

All sentences are to run concurrently.

Carragher had served 152 days in the correctional centre on remand.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr gave him credit for that time at the rate of 1.5 days per each day served, reducing his overall sentence by 228 days.

Orr also ordered the accused to provide a sample of his DNA for the national DNA databank.

A lifetime weapons prohibition was also imposed.

The most serious of the offences Carragher was charged with related to a robbery at Canada’s Best Value Inn & Suites.

Crown counsel Lisa Goulden said Carragher entered the establishment armed with a weapon, demanded money from the clerk and received approximately $110. He then demanded the clerk take him to the safe, open the safe and give him all the money in it.

The clerk started out but instead of taking Carragher to the safe, separated himself from the accused, locked himself in a secure room and called police.

Police investigating the robbery followed a trail through the snow that led them to Carragher. Along the way they found a metal ice scraper with a sharp edge which they were able to recover Carragher’s DNA from.

After being taken into custody for the robbery he uttered death threats against another person.

The thefts he was charged with took place at the Co-Op and at the Atlantic Superstore.

Carragher had a lengthy criminal record that included a prior conviction for armed robbery.

There were also convictions for theft, possession of stolen property, weapons possession, being unlawfully at large and failing to stop for police.

In passing sentence Orr noted there were more than 40 prior convictions.

Orr also noted that since being remanded on these latest charges Carragher has taken advantage of programs made available to him at the correctional centre to address a number of troubling issues in his life.

She also noted that he had expressed the desire to make positive changes to his life and expressed the hope he would follow through with that.

Carragher apologized in court to the victims of his crimes and to his family.