Saturday 19 January 2019

Boozed-up burglar who dozed off during break-in is jailed

Drunk burglar broke in and then fell asleep in armchair (stock photo)
Drunk burglar broke in and then fell asleep in armchair (stock photo)

An "exceptionally" drunk burglar who fell asleep in the kitchen armchair of the house he was raiding has been jailed for two years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that David English, the homeowner, initially thought Mark O'Mahony (33) was his son when he found the intruder sleeping in an armchair at the end of his kitchen table.

O'Mahony woke up and repeatedly claimed that Mr English had let him into the house, but co-operated with emptying his pockets when asked to do so.

Mr English's wife entered the kitchen a short time later and the couple detained O'Mahony until gardai arrived.

Judge Martin Nolan said a burglar falling asleep in the middle of a crime was "a new departure" in his court.

"This could be described as an inept, non-violent burglary," he said, noting that O'Mahony had behaved himself and used no violence toward the householders.


O'Mahony, a father-of-two of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede, Dublin, pleaded guilty to burglary at Carndonagh Park, Donaghmede, on June 10, 2017.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing a medical card, driving licence and jacket belonging to Eric Mulrooney at the same location. He had 86 previous convictions, including for theft and handling stolen property.

Garda Jason Flynn told Dean Kelly, prosecuting, that Mr English's son had departed for the airport between 3am and 4am and had left the front door open.

Mr English was getting up for work a short time later when he discovered O'Mahony asleep in the kitchen.

Gda Flynn agreed with Helen-Claire O'Hanlon, defending, that O'Mahony told him he had been at his uncle's funeral and could not recall anything else after he had dropped his grandmother home.

He accepted that O'Mahony had a serious drug addiction.

Ms O'Hanlon submitted to Judge Nolan that the funeral had triggered events for her client, who was very remorseful.

Judge Nolan imposed a two-year jail term, backdated to when O'Mahony entered custody in June last year.

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