Wednesday 21 February 2018

Burglar jailed after armed raid at elderly man's home

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Aoife Nic Ardghail

A man who burst into a pensioner's home wearing a balaclava and wielding a knife has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for aggravated burglary.

Sean O'Leary (40) put his hand over the 75-year-old man's mouth as he rifled through his pockets and took €900 in cash.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard gardaí matched O'Leary's DNA to a blade that was left on the kitchen table.

O'Leary, of Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at Moatview Court, Priorswood, on March 31, 2016. He had 28 previous convictions.

Garda Ronan Smith said the homeowner was making a cup of tea at about 9.30pm when his doorbell rang. When he answered the door, he saw a man in a balaclava who then ran into the hallway shouting: "Where's the money?"

The court heard the older man was knocked to the ground and €900 cash was taken from his pocket.

O'Leary made full admissions to the crime. Judge Martin Nolan commented that this was an insidious crime but he accepted O'Leary was remorseful and had problems of his own.

Irish Independent

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