A young man who broke into a Wicklow family home and attacked the 40-year-old mother with garden shears has been jailed for five years for aggravated burglary and robbery.
Judge Frank O’Donnell described Ciaran Moran (aged 23) as a “walking time bomb that explodes when drinking alcohol.”
Moran, of Rathsallagh Avenue, Shankill told gardaí he’d been on an 18-hour drinking binge before he broke into the Old Connacht Avenue house in Bray, woke the mother-of-two with his noise and threatened to murder her if she called gardaí.
He hit his victim on the side of her head with the garden shears, which also hit off the wall and did €200 worth of damage.
Moran told gardaí he’d gone to the house seeking a drug debt allegedly owed by one of the house occupants, who wasn’t present at the time.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary and threats to kill at the Bray home on April 9, 2009 and to robbing a case of Heineken beer at a Glenageary Spar shop with a knife on August 31, 2008.
He had six previous convictions including possession of knives.
Judge O’Donnell noted that Moran’s aggravated burglary had a “dreadful affect on the poor woman”, who now sleeps with a phone under her pillow and doesn’t go out or socialise.
He acknowledged that Moran had a “difficult upbringing” and had been placed in 21 different foster homes growing up.