Five years for thief who robbed pregnant woman

A man with a metal plate in his head as a result of brain injuries from a motorcycle accident has been given a five-year sentence for robbing a heavily pregnant woman in her home while armed with a lump hammer.

A man with a metal plate in his head as a result of brain injuries from a motorcycle accident has been given a five-year sentence for robbing a heavily pregnant woman in her home while armed with a lump hammer.

David Emerson (aged 23) smashed his way into the home of woman who was due to give birth four days later with a sledge hammer and had to be forcibly restrained by gardai who attended at the scene.

Emerson, of Dromcath Drive, Blanchardstown pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at the woman's house in Mulhuddert on March 29, 2007.

Judge Patrica Ryan imposed a five year sentence and suspended the final two years on strict conditions.

Garda Kieran Mullally told Mr Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that Emerson used a lump hammer to smash a window at the house and was very aggressive. He caused extensive damage to the house and had to be forcibly restrained by gardai who attended at the scene.

Garda Mullally said Emerson refused to answer any questions. He had 35 previous convictions,

Mr Michael Bowman BL, defending, said Emerson had been "terribly upset" as a result of a cousin's death shortly before this offence and had a significant amount of alcohol taken.

Mr Bowman said Emerson had suffered multiple neurological and physical injuries in a motorcycle accident four years ago and also had a complex psychiatric history.

Emerson was given a six years sentence on July 31, 2006 by Judge Yvonne Murphy for his role in a car hihacking on May 9, 2004.

He was also serving another sentence at that time for car theft and Judge Murphy backdated the six year term to the time he went into custody with the final two-and-a-half years suspended.

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