A 28-year-old man has been found guilty of robbery at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin, even though the prosecuting garda who arrested and charged him died a year and a half ago.

Patrick O'Connell from Dingle Road in Cabra was convicted of robbing a chemist in Glasnevin with a knife in July 2004. He will be sentenced in March.

The court heard that O'Connell pleaded not guilty to the offence, even though he had admitted it to Detective Sergeant Kevin Stratford, who died in June 2006.

It is believed to be the first case of its kind where a person has been convicted upon the evidence of a deceased member of An Garda Síochána.

It took the jury just 16 minutes to reach a verdict.