Coins thrown at Cork homeowner during 'horrific' burglary

Coins thrown at Cork homeowner during 'horrific' burglary

A DRAWER full of coins was thrown down a stairs at the owner of a house who returned home on a dark Winter evening to find a burglary in progress.

The owner returned home to find that his hallway had been ransacked and he shouted when he heard noises upstairs.

“The defendant leaned over the bannisters on the landing and threw a drawer full of coins down the stairs.

“The defendant then jumped out the bedroom window into the back garden and jumped over a neighbour’s wall and made good his escape,” Sergeant John Kelleher said at Cork District Court today.

27-year-old Martin Connors of Fettercairn Road, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty today to a charge of carrying out the burglary in Cork city.

Judge Olann Kelleher sentenced him to ten months in prison.

The offence dated back more than five years to January 23, 2015, at Victoria Village, Victoria Cross, Cork.

A victim impact statement was to have been before the court today but none was forthcoming. 

Connors was brought down from Cloverhill Prison to be present at Cork District Court to plead guilty.

Sgt. Kelleher said the accused had 20 previous convictions and six for theft.

Judge Kelleher said, “This was a private dwelling at 7.30pm in the Winter so it would have been dark.” 

The judge referred to the accused being in jail and out of the country in the time since the burglary. 

Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, said the accused was interviewed by gardaí about this matter as far back as 2017 and would have been available to the state.

“He is now 27. He left school at the age of ten. He is taking drugs since the age of 13. His brothers and sisters are all deceased, and very sadly, by their own hand,” Mr Burke said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said of the burglary, “It must have been a horrific experience for the occupant to have someone come into their house in the darkness of Winter like this.” 

The judge imposed a ten-month sentence, backdated to May 8.

As the defendant was being taken back into custody, the young man said, “Thank you, Judge.”

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