A BURGLAR who threatened a woman with a knife after breaking into her home was sentenced to two and half years’ imprisonment.
Joseph Carrig, aged 33, who has an address at O’Curry Street admitted breaking into the apartment at Wesley Court, Clancy Strand at around 6am on December 30, 2012.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Donal Moynihan said the occupant of the apartment - who is aged in her early 50s - was asleep on the couch when he broke in.
After she was awoken, the woman, who is originally from Eastern Europe was threatened by Carrig who demanded that she hand over her car keys.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the defendant was armed with a nine-inch stainless steel knife, which he had taken from the kitchen of the woman’s home.
The victim was not injured during the incident, and Garda Moynihan told John O’Sullivan BL, she has since returned to Estonia.
The court was told that property which was taken from the woman’s home was subsequently found hidden in a “crawl space” under the stairs at Carrig’s home.
Garda Moynihan added that the incident was part of a spree of burglaries, which Mr Carrig committed around the same time. The defendant also admitted breaking into houses at Canon Breen Park and Hibernian Villas in Thomondgate as well as a property at O’Curry Street.
He was previously jailed in relation to a burglary at North Circular Road
Mr O’Sullivan said a number of the houses had been targeted as the occupants had left for the Christmas period.
Andrew Sexton SC said his client wished to apologise for his actions and he said he had co-operated with gardai and had made admissions while in custody,
He said the father-of-two was “an impressive man with redeeming features” who has since “stabilised himself”
Judge Carroll Moran imposed a four year prison sentence, suspending the final 18 months.
The sentence is to be served consecutively to an 18 month suspended sentence, which was activated.