Woman terrified by teen break-in

AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman was traumatised when a teenager broke into her house and asked if he could go to bed to hide from the gardaí. The culprit was yesterday jailed for 18 months.

Judge Con Murphy noted that 14 years was the maximum possible sentence for such an offence.

“If you enter a house — especially the home of an elderly person — in the black of night and cause them considerable fright and trauma then a lengthy prison sentence is appropriate,” said Judge Murphy.

The judge imposed a two-year sentence on the defendant, Fintan Murphy, aged 19, of 22 Beech Tree Avenue, Ard Sionnach, Shanakiel, Cork, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

He suspended the last six months of the two years, and made the 18 months consecutive to a seven-month sentence imposed recently on Murphy for assaulting a young man at the woods on Station Road, Blarney.

Garda Paul O’Dwyer, who investigated the burglary at the home of the elderly woman living alone in the Tower area of Co Cork on July 25, said Murphy gave them absolutely no co-operation. However, he ended up pleading guilty to the burglary.

Garda O’Dwyer said Murphy asked the elderly woman that night, “Will you let me into bed because the guards are after me?”

The woman, who was very traumatised to find Murphy standing in the hall of her bungalow at 2am replied: “I’ll do no such thing. Get out.”

Dermot Sheehan said that from the age of 15 Murphy had a problem with drink and drugs.

Garda O’Dwyer said, “On the night in question he was sober in my opinion.”

He told Judge Murphy the crime had a serious effect on the victim and that she is afraid of her life to stay on her own.

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