A HEROIN addict who threatened and robbed a woman as she was returning home from work is beginning a four-year prison sentence.
Martin Morey, 20, of Edward Street pleaded guilty to robbing the Polish woman at Mount Kennett in the early hours of February 15, 2010.
During a sentencing hearing in February, Det Garda Fergal Hanrahan said Morey followed the woman as she walked to an apartment complex and that he robbed her in the foyer of the building as she waited for the lift.
He said he hit her with a broken bottle – cutting her ear – and demanded she hand over her purse and phone.
Limerick Circuit Court was told he escaped with €160 in cash and a mobile phone, which was worth around €200.
Morey, who was released from prison on the day of the offence, told gardai following his arrest that he had been out of his head on vodka, “tablets and gear” on the night.
Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran said the use of the broken bottle added “serious dimension” to the case.
He added that the incident had been “very unpleasant” for the injured woman especially as she had very poor English.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, previously told the court the incident had been “quite traumatic” for the injured party who did not wish to give a victim impact statement.
Michael Collins BL said his client has problems with drugs and he said he had robbed the women to feed his habit.
He described the incident as being “very nasty” and he said his client was remorseful for his actions.
Judge Moran sentenced Morey to three years in prison for the robbery offence. He imposed a consecutive three-year prison sentence in relation to a separate aggravated burglary offence at Russell House.
That offence happened at around 9pm on December 30, 2010 when Morey and two other men entered an apartment at the complex armed with a knife.
One of the occupants was stabbed three times during the incident and sustained serious injuries including a punctured kidney.
However, the judge suspended the final two years of that sentence on condition Morey stays out of trouble and does not commit an offence following his release from prison.