A woman woke up to find a female intruder had climbed in through her bedroom window and was rummaging at the end of her bed in a “nightmare” break-in, a court has heard.
Anne Marie Prince (36) was trying to steal to fund an addiction when she got into the victim’s Dublin apartment.
Judge John Hughes jailed her for 10 months, consecutive to a two-and-a-half year sentence she is already serving.
Prince, with an address at Thomas Court Bawn, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to theft and trespassing.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Hanbury Mews, Hanbury Lane in the south inner city on October 9, 2020.
Gardaí received a report of an intruder at an apartment, where Prince had gained access through a bedroom window and tried to steal two mobile phones.
The victim was asleep in bed and woke up startled to find Prince rummaging through her property, a garda sergeant said. The incident happened at 5.42am.
When Prince was apprehended, the property was recovered from her person, the court heard. CCTV footage showed her entering the apartment through the bedroom window.
The DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court and a judge accepted jurisdiction.
The court heard Prince had 59 previous convictions for offences including burglary and theft.
She was serving a “significant sentence” at the moment, her solicitor Roy O’Neill said.
Prince was now in “a much better place” and was on methadone and doing well in prison, he added.
At the time of the break-in she was “utterly out of control” in relation to her addiction and mental health issues.
The accused accepted that it was an “appalling, horrific incident” and the facts of the case were “awful.”
The judge said it was everyone’s nightmare to wake up and “find someone at the end of your bed in the middle of the night”.
He said it must have been a “life-changing experience” for the victim to see Prince “coming through her window and rummaging through her bedroom in the middle of the night”.
Prince had initially contested the charges before pleading guilty.