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Ryan show caller who wanted to hurt women

A DUBLIN man who rang RTE's Gerry Ryan Show seeking psychiatric help after he broke into a home to act out his fantasies about harming women will be sentenced later.

George Turner (40) had been a good husband and father for 16 years before he was diagnosed with depression and began abusing prescription medicine.

He rang the Gerry Ryan Show to say he'd broken into a house to act out his violent thoughts a few days previously but left when he discovered there was only a male occupant present.

Turner, of Phibsboro Road, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespassing at a nearby Avondale Road house with intent to commit assault on November 21, 2009.

Garda Detective Sergeant James Byrne said the late Gerry Ryan and his producers conducted an off-air interview with Turner because they were concerned about the nature of his call. They took his name and phone number and contacted gardai.

Det Sgt Byrne agreed with Shane Costelloe, defending, that before his client rang the Gerry Ryan Show gardai had no identifiable suspect for the break-in several days before.

The garda agreed that Turner had willingly provided his name and number to the show's producers in a call that had seemed like a "cry for help".

He further agreed that Turner had been discharged from St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital around that time and hadn't felt in control of his impulses.

Det Sgt Byrne told Dara Hayes, prosecuting, that a resident at the Avondale Road premises was home alone and had gone downstairs after his internet connection was suddenly interrupted. He went into the sitting room, noticed the internet router had been unplugged and a number of games consoles had been bundled beside the television.

The occupant then went into the hallway and met an intruder with a pillow over his face. He ran out the door and rang gardai once he was across the road.

Fantasised

Det Sgt Byrne said Turner denied unplugging the router during interview and said he fled once he discovered the lone house occupant was male.

Turner explained said he fantasised about harming women at night.

He said he had walked past the Avondale Road premises to meet a friend, noticed an upstairs light was on and broke in through an open downstairs window because he wanted to harm someone. He apologised and said he needed help.

Turner's estranged wife told Mr Costelloe that she still had a good relationship with him and that he had been a good husband and father until he was diagnosed with depression.

Sonia Turner said her husband's life became "chaotic" as he grew dependent on the tablets. The judge adjourned the matter for sentencing in October.

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