A MAN who assaulted and tied up two French students in their bedrooms during a violent night burglary will be sentenced at a later date.
Stuart Whelan (27), of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the false imprisonment of a man and a woman at Herberton Road, Rialto, on April 4, 2011.
Paul Greene SC, defending, said that Whelan was "totally out of control and out of his head" when he committed the crimes.
The court heard that Laura Boucila, a foreign student at Griffith College, woke up to find a man standing in her bedroom. The man put his hand over her mouth and demanded money and her laptop.
The victim told gardai later that she was afraid for her life when the man put a knife to her neck. Another man, also armed with a knife, came into the bedroom and asked for money.
The two men then went into the bedroom of the woman's housemate, Paul Barraud. They woke him up and asked for his car keys.
When he said he didn't own a car they began kicking him in the face and threatening to kill him with the knife. One of the attackers stabbed him in the arm before the pair ransacked his room. They stole a laptop, a camera and two mobile phones.
Whelan was later identified by gardai because of a distinct pair of Adidas runners he was wearing on the night. Gardai found some of the stolen items during a search of his home. He refused to tell gardai who his accomplice was.
The father of one has 90 previous convictions including for drug dealing and criminal damage.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned sentencing until January.