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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Victim of burglary tied and beaten up

A MAN who took part in an aggravated burglary in which the victim was tied up, beaten and terrorised has been given a three-year sentence

Darren Stafford, who had taken a cocktail of srugs, held a screwdriver and a kitchen knife to the victim's neck. He confessed to gardai about being involved in the crime six months later which enabled them to bring the case to court.

Stafford (21), of St Cronan's View in Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary and falsely imprisoning Vincent Hannon on July 1, 2010 at Chapel Street in Balbriggan.

Garda Clodagh Mulligan said Owen Costello (21) walked into Mr Hannon's house through an open back door at around midnight.

Mr Hannon (33) was watching television when he suddenly felt something cold against his throat. He had left his back door open because he had burned his dinner.

He turned to find Stafford and Costello behind him. They then tied him to a chair, with his hands bound behind his back and his shoe laces tied together. Costello of Bridge Street, Balbriggan, who received an eight-year sentence last December for this and other crimes, ordered Mr Hannon into a bedroom, put him into a duvet and beat him with a walking stick. Costello later withdrew €40 from his account.

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