Burglar who took child from bed avoids jail
A STUDENT has escaped jail for breaking into a house and taking a two year-old child from his bed.
Padraic Greed was yesterday bound to the peace for three years at Limerick Circuit Court which was told he had paid €10,000 in compensation to the family.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to burglary and false imprisonment after breaking into the house on Limerick's Old Cratloe Road in March 2008.
The court heard how the 23-year-old Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) student, from Templemore, Co Tipperary, broke a kitchen window at around 2am after a night out drinking.
He kicked down the door of the two-year-old's room and carried him around the house. After a time, he safely returned him to his parents.
The child's father said that, although Greed appeared crazed and confused, he did not appear to want to harm him. Greed told gardai that he had no memory of the incident but was horrified by what he had done. He had been drinking to celebrate finishing exams at nearby LIT.
In a victim impact statement, the child's mother said she was on medication and had been afraid to leave her home since the incident. Her son, now aged three, had nightmares, asking why the bad man had come.
Last October Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the case to allow him to meet certain conditions, including not drinking.
Yesterday he said that the incident appeared to have been an aberration and he applied the Probation Act.