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Raider in girl's bedroom gets eight years jail

A man who broke into a Killiney house and stole €10 from a schoolbag in a child's room as she pretended to sleep has been sentenced to eight years.

William Moorehouse (21), of Glendruid Halting Site, Shankill, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Killiney Hill Road on January 25, 2008.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a handbag and criminal damage to a Ford van window at Fairhill Road, Shankill, on May 7, 2005, burglaries at another Killiney Road home, a Bluebell home in Shankill and a Ballybrack home on November 21, 2006, December 14, 2006 and February 23, 2007.

He pleaded guilty to two more burglaries at Hazelwood, Shankill and Bayview Cottages, Killiney on January 1, 2007 and April 4, 2007 and an aggravated burglary at a Ballybrack home on January 13, 2008.

"When he's out he's a menace to households," Judge Tony Hunt commented. He suspended the final two years of the sentence for five years on strict conditions.

Detective Garda Darragh Phelan told the court that a young girl awoke at 2.30am and saw Moorehouse in her room going through her schoolbag.


He told her twice to go back asleep and she pretended to do so but could still hear him moving around.

Moorehouse went into the hall and the girl ran to wake her parents but he had already left the house.

Gardai who attended at the house had a reasonable suspicion that Moorehouse was the culprit and arrested him.

Moorehouse admitted getting into the house through an open window. He told gardai he was using two bags of heroin a day and wanted to go into drug rehabilitation so he would not have to steal to feed his habit.

Det Gda Phelan said the episode had no long-term effects on the child and that Moorehouse had shown remorse.

Moorehouse has eight previous convictions for offences including possession of a knife, trespassing, criminal damage, burglary and various road traffic offences.

His lawyer said Moorehouse has been attending Alcoholic Anonymous and is on a waiting list to enter Beaumont Hospital for drug detox before going onto residential rehabilitation.