Burglar threatened Limerick student in bedroom

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Paul Foran has more than 100 previous convictions

Paul Foran

A GARRYOWEN man who threatened a student with a knife after he broke into an apartment complex in Corbally has been jailed for almost two years.

Last month, Paul Foran, aged 32, of North Claughan Road admitted entering the apartment at Grove Island via the kitchen window during the early hours of September 13, last.

Sergeant John Moloney said the incident happened at around 5am and that Foran, who has more than 100 previous convictions, fled after he was disturbed and confronted by the male student when he entered his bedroom.

He said the student initially grabbed the defendant as he tried to escape but let go when Mr Foran threatened he would stab him.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy was told that nothing was taken from the house and that Mr Foran, who was subsequently identified on CCTV, made admissions following his arrest.

Separately the defendant pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to an incident in the city centre a week earlier.

He admitted having a screwdriver at Ellen Street in the early hours of September 6 , with the intention of using it to break into parked cars. He was extremely intoxicated on the night.

Solicitor John Devane said his client, who suffers from a chronic heroin addiction, has had many problems in the past but made admissions and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Judge McCarthy imposed prison sentences totalling ten months and ordered that they be served consecutively to a nine month suspended sentence, which was activated lat Limerick Circuit Court last week.

That sentence was imposed in May of last year after Mr Foran pleaded guilty to four burglary offences.

Activating the suspended sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said people, such the defendant, have to learn their lesson. “If a person goes and commits further crimes while under the umbrella of a suspended sentence, they run the risk of having it activated.”