A MAN who bound, gagged and strangled two women, who had previously given him food and money, in a "surreal" and "brutal" robbery has been jailed for six years.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how Lithuanians, Rimvaldas Andrulevicius and Saulius Malinauskas walked into their neighbours' flat holding duct tape and a black scarf and told the victims: "We're going to strangle you."
Andrulevicius (45), of Charleston Road, Rathmines, pleaded guilty to assaulting Nijole Navickaite and to the false imprisonment of Apolonija Vilcevska in a flat on the same road on March 12 2011.
He has previous convictions for theft. Malinauskas (30) of the same address pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Ms Vilcevska and to assaulting Ms Navickaite.
He has 17 previous convictions which include theft, public order and possession of knives. Andrulevicius was jailed for six years last January but Malinauskas' case was adjourned on that date to allow him be psychiatrically assessed.
Malinauskas' defence counsel, Aileen Donnelly said her client suffers from severe depression and has tried to cut himself while in custody.
She said he is now on medication and is remorseful for what happened. Judge Martin Nolan jailed Malinauskas for six years 0and said both men were "equally culpable".
Garda Lorna O'Connor told Michael Bowman, prosecuting, that Andrulevicius had a drug problem and had come up with the plan to rob his next door neighbours to get money to return to Lithuania.
She said Andrulevicius was living in a flat in the same house as the two victims and that the women had often given him food and loaned him money.
On the morning of the attack Andrulevicius asked Ms Vilcevska to come into his flat where he asked her for money. When she refused Malinauskas appeared from behind a door and the men pushed her on a bed.
They then covered her mouth with duct tape and bound her hands tightly before tying her to a radiator. The men went across to the victim's flat and told Ms Vilcevska's flatmate Ms Navickaite: "We're going to strangle you."
Ms Navickaite believed they were going kill her and that they had already murdered the other woman. Andrulevicius held the victim's hands while Malinauskas tried to put the scarf around her neck.
The victim told gardai later that she was trying to scream but no sound would come out of her mouth. She said both men hit her in the face and one of them punched her in the side with a clenched fist.
At one point Andrulevicius had his hands on her neck and was strangling her.