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Monday 26 September 2016

Intruder's three failed burglaries in one night

Gavin Fitzhenry (32) of Russell Lane, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three burglaries in the early hours of June 27, 2014. Stock picture
Gavin Fitzhenry (32) of Russell Lane, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three burglaries in the early hours of June 27, 2014. Stock picture

A man is to be sentenced in June for committing three failed burglaries in south Dublin in one night.

Gavin Fitzhenry (32) of Russell Lane, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three burglaries in the early hours of June 27, 2014.

Garda Vincent Carroll told the court that in the first incident, the female occupant of a home in Palmerston Road, Rathmines, was lying awake at 1am when she saw the light come on in her house.

Her bedroom door opened and a man entered the room, apparently unaware that she was lying there. The woman froze, the court heard, before the man spotted her and said, "I'm sorry". She started screaming and he fled the scene.

Shortly afterwards, at 2.45am, a man was listening to music in his house on Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, when he saw a silhouette in his dining room.

Fleeing

The man ran at the intruder and pushed him outside the house. The intruder said, "Don't hit me, don't hit me," before fleeing.

At 4.10am, another resident of Kilmacud Road was woken by a banging noise in his bathroom.

He looked out the window and saw a man on the roof of his extension. The resident shouted and the intruder fled.

Fitzhenry was spotted near the scene by gardai a short time later. He fled and hid in some bushes before he was caught.

Fitzhenry told gardai he owed €7,000 in drugs money.

Judge Elma Sheahan remanded Fitzhenry in custody until June 7, when he will be sentenced.

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