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Jail for man who targeted pensioner twice

A MAN has been given sentences totalling eight years for trying to rob a 72-year-old man in his home, three years after he was jailed for robbing the same man.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Peter Cruise (25) had previously been given a six-year sentence for breaking into the man's home but had the last three years suspended. He told gardai he targeted the man again because he "wanted to get noticed".

The victim, Mr Peter Davis, told Judge Frank O'Donnell that when he saw Cruise in his house again he could not breathe and thought he had come back to kill him.

Cruise, of North Strand, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to burglary while armed with an iron bar at Mr Davis's house in Lusk, Co Dublin on May 24, 2009.

Judge O'Donnell reactivated two years of a suspended sentence imposed on Cruise in February 2008 and imposed a consecutive six years for the robbery but suspended the final year on strict conditions.

Garda Barry Griffin told prosecuting counsel, Anne Marie Lawlor, that Mr Davis was in his home when he saw a shadow out the back. Cruise entered the house armed with a rusty iron bar. He banged it on the ground and repeatedly shouted, "give me the money".

Cruise told gardai he had done it because he "was struggling and wanted to get noticed".