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Pregnant mother jailed after attack on couple's home

A MIDDLE-aged couple and their adult daughter were left terrified after three revellers smashed up their house on St Stephen's Day, a court heard.

Milena Zaremba (23) and two unidentified men were leaving a house party when they kicked in the couple's front window and damaged the front door.

A garda said the victims, a couple in their 50s, thought they were going to be killed during the attack on their home, with nearly €3,000 damage.

Garda Roisin Maguire said the couple's daughter was also in the house and had only given birth 13 days earlier.

The defendant, of Fernwood Park in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to charges of criminal damage and obstructing a garda.

 

Destroyed

Gda Maguire said that around 9.30pm on December 26, 2012, Zaremba and two unidentified males attacked a house at Fernwood Avenue.

She said the front living room window was kicked in and smashed and the front door and door frame was destroyed. The total damage was €2,947.

According to the garda, Zaremba was identified to her as being one of the culprits and when she spoke to her, Zaremba struggled and ran away.

Gda Maguire said the defendant was subsequently arrested.

Defence lawyer James Colhoun said Zaremba, a cleaner in a school, has lived in Ireland for three years. She has one child and is currently six months pregnant with her second child.

Mr Colhoun said the defendant has no idea why she and the two men attacked the house.

Judge John Coughlan sentenced Zaremba, who is six months pregnant, to four months in prison, saying the incident was absolutely disgraceful.

Under new laws introduced in 2011, State solicitor Ann Collins reminded the judge that he must consider community service rather than a sentence.

However, Judge Coughlan said the matter was too serious for community service. He said Zaremba had gone to a stranger's house, terrorised them, and maliciously damaged their property.

Zaremba started to cry as she was led away in custody.

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