Wednesday 25 April 2018

Burglar gets 16-month sentence for assaulting victim with a hammer

Conor Gallagher

A man has been jailed for 16 months for breaking into a house and assaulting the occupant with a hammer.

David Emerson (28) was caught in the house by his victim while armed with a hammer and screwdriver. The occupant chased him out the front and grabbed him, causing Emerson to hit him over the head repeatedly with the hammer.

Emerson of Domheath Drive, Mulhuddart pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Kilshane Cross, Finglas on June 21, 2012.

Judge Martin Nolan noted Emerson is attempting to turn his life around and address his drug addition. However, he said that he must impose a prison sentence because of the nature of the assault and Emerson’s 12 previous convictions which include hi-jacking a car.

He called it a “vicious” attack, adding: “If you hit someone on the head with a hammer, who knows what will happen.”

Prosecuting counsel Cathleen Noctor BL told the court that Emerson was drunk and on drugs at the time. His victim was taken to hospital where he received several stitches. He is still shaken and nervous following the assault but has otherwise made a full recovery.

Emerson was caught after the victim’s housemates came to help and restrained him until gardai arrived.

Defence counsel Michael Bowman BL said Emerson is a chronic addict who “never missed an opportunity to get in trouble.” He submitted that he is now dealing with his addiction in a positive way.

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