A BURGLAR who terrified a young woman when he burst through her bedroom door as she slept in the early hours of the morning has been jailed for four months.
Tony Walsh (32) left the victim in fear for her safety after she woke to find him in her room.
Sentencing him, Judge David McHugh said the accused had "lied through his teeth" when he claimed to have been "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when arrested nearby.
The judge also activated a suspended six-month sentence Walsh had been under for a separate offence, meaning he will spend a total of 10 months in jail.
Walsh, of Wheatfield Grove, Clondalkin, was found guilty of attempted burglary at Liffey Hall, Lucan, on June 8 last year.
He had denied the charge, as well as having a screwdriver and gloves for use in the course of a burglary.
The female householder, who is in her 30s, told Blanchardstown District Court that she was in bed at around 5am when her bedroom door burst open and a figure appeared at the door.
She said the figure left the house, and she went to her bedroom window where she saw him walk out the patio door. She claimed she got a good look at him as he "strolled" away from the house.
Gda Padhraic Broughall said he stopped Walsh at Liffey Vale, not far from the victim's home.
He said Walsh was cycling a bike, wearing a pair of gloves and he threw a red screwdriver away when he saw the officer.
Gda Broughall said Walsh matched the description given to him by the injured party.
In his evidence, Walsh claimed he had had an argument with his girlfriend so he went off for a cycle some time after 4am "to cool off".
He said he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and was simply "cycling aimlessly" around the Lucan area.
Walsh also claimed a group of Travellers in a white van were in the area at the time.
Judge McHugh said the defendant's evidence was "completely incredible".
The court heard Walsh has 71 previous convictions.
Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said Walsh had learning difficulties and a history of drug use. He was in "desperate need of help".
Judge McHugh said he accepted Walsh had problems but he "owed it to society" to sentence him.
He took account of the fact that the accused had burgled the victim's house and "appeared in front of her".
Walsh was already under a suspended six-month sentence and Judge McHugh activated that, making the four-months consecutive.
"It could be a lot more," the judge said.