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Woman (83) gave man 'a belt of her walking stick' after he broke into her house, court told

Declan Conlon

Published 30/07/2015 | 17:54

Woman (83) gave man 'a belt of her walking stick' after he broke into her house, court told
Woman (83) gave man 'a belt of her walking stick' after he broke into her house, court told

An year old 83 woman hit a would-be burglar with her walking stick after he smashed his way into her home, Dublin Circuit Court has heard.

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David Mantle (37) of Captains Road, Crumlin, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary at the home of the woman, on the Malahide Road, Clontarf on July 3, 2014.

Garda Manus Keane told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting that at 11pm, after she had gone to bed, the woman heard loud noises she thought were her grandchildren until she heard a window smashing and the sound of a man talking to himself.

She got out of bed and went to the upstairs landing where she saw Mantle, who smelled of alcohol.

He said “sorry madam, wrong house” and exited using the same window he came in. Gda Keane said the woman gave him “a belt of her walking stick” as he left.

Garda investigated the next day and used fingerprints on a piece of the broken window to identify Mantle as a suspect. He was arrested and charged in January 2015.

Gda Keane agreed with Geraldine Small BL, defending, that Mantle was probably being truthful when he said he had no memory of the incident, as he has a chronic alcohol problem and regularly drinks himself “into a stupor”.

Ms Small told Judge Patricia Ryan that Mantle, who has 43 previous convictions including robbery, attempted robbery and assault, was extremely remorseful for intruding on an elderly woman.

Judge Ryan remanded Mantle in custody until November 9 for sentencing.

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