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House raider who fell off roof is jailed

A MAN who fell off a roof while escaping from the owner of a house he had burgled has been sentenced to three years.

Garda Darren Swan revealed Philip Mulhall (43) was dripping wet with a bloodied elbow when he arrested him on suspicion of burglary.

Mulhall, a father-of-three, of Rafters Avenue, Drimnagh, later admitted he had fallen off the roof trying to escape and then fell into the canal a short distance away.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespass and theft of an iPod, gold link chain and PlayStation Portable at a home on Dolphin's Avenue, South Circular Road on April 20, 2009.

He has 17 previous convictions for mainly theft-related offences.

Garda Swan told the court the home owner was going upstairs when he saw Mulhall walk out of his daughter's bedroom. He shouted at Mulhall, grabbed his arm and tried to hold on to him.

The injured party later told gardai that once he grabbed him, the intruder began lashing out with punches and kicks and started screaming he had AIDS.


Garda Swan said Mulhall tried to bite the home owner and managed to get halfway out a bedroom window but was caught again by the legs as he struggled for freedom.

Mulhall eventually released his leg from the 46-year-old home owner's grip, fell out the window and ran off. Garda Swan revealed he had been in the Dolphin's Barn area when he got a call about the break-in and encountered Mulhall a short time later wearing "dripping wet" clothes matching the intruder's description

Mulhall had the stolen iPod on him but later claimed he lost the PlayStation when he fell into the canal.

He told gardai he had taken children to a playground earlier that day, had drunk a bottle of wine afterwards and went into the injured party's garden to urinate when he spotted an open window and climbed in.

The court heard Mulhall was a chronic heroin addict at the time but has since kept out of trouble.