A BURGLAR who terrified a woman when he broke into her house at 5 am got an eight month suspended sentence at Sligo District Court.
The burglar, Mark Farrell, no fixed abode, admitted entering the house at Faught's Lane, Calry, on July 20th with intent to steal.
He's was remanded in custody for a week by Judge Kevin Kilraine.
The householder, Margaret McGettigan, told the court she heard someone running down the stairs of her home after being awakened by noise in an upstairs bedroom.
Farrell ran past her and escaped out the back door and he got away on a bicycle.
Mrs. McGettigan said she carried a fear with her 24 hours a day since the break-in.
At last Thursday's sitting of the court, Judge Kilrane noted that Farrell had failed to co-operate with the probation services.
Farrell was was also before the court on adjourned matters including possession of stolen
items and with entering the surrounds of a house at Strandhill Road on September 5th with intent to commit an offence, possession of drugs and offences under the Public Order Act.
Gerard McGovern, solicitor (defending), said Farrell had major problems and wondered what was the best way to try to solve them.
Farrell's GP had made an appointment for him to see an addiction counsellor, a move described by Mr McGovern as a small step forward.
"In many ways it is a hopeless case," said Mr McGovern.
He added that Farrell had a difficult background and upbringing.
Judge Kevin Kilrane imposed a sentence of eight months, suspended for two years.
Farrell was ordered to co-operate with the probation services and not re-offend.