A drug addict has been sentenced to 12 years for trying to rob a 94-year-old man and robbing a Iranian tourist with a scissors.
Anthony Maughan (aged 29) pushed the elderly man back inside his home and demanded money from him. He was scared off when a concerned neighbour knocked on the door after becoming suspicious.
Judge Pat McCartan said the offences require “a very very strong response from the court in order to protect our elderly and the tourists who visit our country.” He also commended the elderly man’s neighbour for coming to his aid.
“That is the kind of thing one would hope exists in every community in the city,” he commented. “People like her are invaluable to a caring and safe society.”
He sentenced Maughan of Ladyswell, Blanchardstown to a total of 12 years in consecutive sentences but suspended the final four years. The court heard he has 70 previous convictions including several for robbery.
Maughan pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary of Patrick Dodd at his home in Ringsend on August 28, 2007 and robbery of David Marsh on Thomas Street on August 30, 2006.
Detective Garda Shane Griffin told prosecuting counsel, Ms Martina Baxter BL, that Mr Dodd was visiting his neighbour Phyllis Reilly and left at about 8.20 pm. When he left, Ms Reilly saw him with Maughan outside his front door.
Maughan had pounced on Mr Dodd and pushed him inside his house, where he had lived for 87 years. He was shoving him and rooting through his pockets while demanding money. Mr Dodd tried to resist but Maughan kept pushing him.
Ms Reilly had become suspicious and called at Mr Dodd’s door. After knocking several times, Maughan answered and said, “you come in and look after him.”
Ms Reilly refused and told him to come out instead. He pushed past her and ran off. Ms Reilly found her neighbour in the hallway in a very distressed state. Maughan was recorded nearby on CCTV and arrested soon after.
In interview, he admitted the offence and became very upset when he learned the age of his victim. He said he had done it because of drink and drugs.
The court heard that the previous year Iranian tourist David Marsh was taking pictures in the city centre. Maughan held him up with a scissors and forced him to go to an ATM and withdraw € 220 before escaping with the money.
He later pleaded not guilty but failed to show up for his trial. He was caught soon after and entered a guilty plea.
Defence counsel, Mr Pieter Le Vert BL, said Maughan was a intermittently homeless man who abuses both alcohol and drugs. He said he had started smoking crack cocaine at 14 and was involved in an “horrific car crash” several years ago that killed his brother and paralysed his cousin.