Bur­glar who was sur­prised by woman of 84 gets jail

Irish Daily Mail - - Dermot Ahern - By Jes­sica Magee

AN 84-year-old woman who caught a bur­glar in her house told gar­daí that ‘he was more sur­prised to see me’.

The woman was praised by a judge yesterday for demon­strat­ing ‘great re­silience’ in the wake of the bur­glary of her home two years ago.

Wayne Mur­phy, 43, of North Fred­er­ick Street, Dublin, de­scribed by his own coun­sel as a ‘pro­lific bur­glar’, pleaded guilty to tres­pass and theft at Tem­ple Cot­tages, Broad­stone, Dublin 7, on July 10, 2016.

Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court heard that on the day in ques­tion, the woman had put some pota­toes on to cook and opened the win­dow to let the steam out. She went into her sit­ting room to say some prayers and turned around to see a man look­ing at her in sur­prise.

She told gar­daí she started scream­ing and that the in­truder grabbed her wal­let, con­tain­ing her travel pass and €125 in cash. She tried to grab the man but he got away.

The woman’s neigh­bours came to her as­sis­tance and the thief was ap­pre­hended.

In a vic­tim-im­pact state­ment, the woman said she thinks about the bur­glary ‘from time to time’ but has re­fused to let it af­fect her.

She no longer opens the kitchen win­dow and has had an ex­trac­tor fan in­stalled, she said.

Judge Gre­ally set a head­line sen­tence of six years but re­duced it on ac­count of Mur­phy’s guilty plea, his co­op­er­a­tion, and the steps he was tak­ing to ad­dress his ad­dic­tion.

He was given four years in prison with 12 months sus­pended. He’s cur­rently serv­ing a four-year sen­tence and is due for re­lease this time next year, where­upon this lat­est sen­tence will be im­posed. .

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