A WOMAN arrived home in the afternoon when a burglar was walking down the stairs with her television under his arm.
Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said the woman did not go inside her home that afternoon but telephoned gardaí from outside the house to say there was an intruder.
She told the guards that when she arrived at her Cork city home she heard noises of someone burgling the house and noticed smashed glass in the front door.
Liam Hurley of 190 Farranferris Avenue, was arrested in the house as soon as gardaí arrived in response to the call from the homeowner.
Hurley signed a plea of guilty to the burglary charge and faced sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The charge arose out of an investigation of a reported burglary on Thursday afternoon, April 4.
Hurley, aged 37, has now been sentenced on the charge, having been in custody since then.
Det Sgt O’Sullivan said that at around 4pm in the afternoon a woman returned to her home at Seminary Walk in Farranree and noticed that a pane of glass in the front door was smashed.
She could hear noises coming for her house and suspected that there was an intruder.
She contacted gardaí.
They arrived and found the accused in the house with property from the house in his possession, the detective said.
Det Sgt O’Sullivan said the 37-year-old accused had taken heroin the previous day and had no memory of carrying out this crime.
Hurley had 141 previous convictions over the past 20 years.
They included three burglary convictions.
Paula McCarthy, defence barrister, said the accused was in custody since April and had progressed very well in terms of engagement with services.
Ms McCarthy also said that he was not confrontational with the owners of the house on that date.
The detective agreed and said Hurley would never be confrontational in the course of his criminal behaviour in the past.
The barrister said he was remorseful and took full responsibility for his actions.
He was educated in the Cope Foundation.
Judge Brian O’Callaghan imposed a jail term of three years imprisonment, backdated to April and suspended from November 21.
The judge said it was a horrible and distasteful offence to enter someone else’s home to commit a burglary but that the defendant had impressed the court with the efforts he had made to turn his life around since the crime was committed.