Drunken burglar rescued by firemen, court told
A DRUNKEN burglar who used a ladder to climb in the upstairs window of an unoccupied apartment had to be rescued by the fire brigade.
Lithuanian Arunas Sorokinas (41), of Liscune, Ballymacward, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, and formerly of 142 Manor Court, Salthill, Co Galway, pleaded guilty at the District Court yesterday to burglary at 152 Manor Court.
Garda Fergus Gaughan was on his way to work at 6am on December 8 when he noticed a ladder against the upstairs window of an apartment. He climbed up to find Sorokinas in a drunken stupor on a couch inside the unoccupied flat.
Inspector Mick Coppinger said a sack, containing a video, television and DVD player, was found packed and "ready for the off" nearby.
Sorokinas used the ladder to climb into the apartment and then helped himself to wine belonging to the flat's owner, who was away at the time.
"He was drunk when he entered the apartment and then he had a 'go' at wine while there. He was so intoxicated he had to be taken out of the apartment through the window on a stretcher by the fire brigade and it took him hours to sober up," Insp Coppinger explained.
Judge Mary Fahy said: "If he had been sober he probably would have fallen."
Defence counsel said Sorokinas was an alcoholic who had been drinking whiskey earlier that day. Hearing Sorokinas had 39 previous convictions, the judge sentenced him to five months in prison.