A woman woke to find a burglar on her landing in the early hours of the morning, Sligo District Court was told.
Mark Farrell, no fixed abode, but said to be living with his sister at an apartment at Abbey Street, admitted entering a house at Faught's Lane, Calry on July 20th with intent to steal.
Inspector Sean McGinty said the householder was awakened by footsteps at 5.23 a.m.
She got out of bed and went tot he bathroom.
On her return she was met by Farrell on the landing who took off runnng down the stairs, dropping things on the way.
He made his way out by the back door.
The householder's daughter and her friend were also present that night.
Farrell denied any involvement later when interviewed even though his fingerprints were found in the house.
The defendant 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.
Mr. Gerard McGovern, solicitor (defending), pleaded that Farrell had told him he had turned a corner and was no longer abusing alcohol or drugs.
Judge Kevin Kilrane adjourned the case to November 15th for sentencing and remanded Farrell on bail.