Man bound and strangled women in raid
A MAN who bound, gagged and strangled two women during 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 neighbour's flat holding duct tape and a black scarf and told the victim: "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.
Malinauskas (30) of the same address pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Ms Vilcevska.
His sentencing was adjourned until March 28 after his defence counsel, Aileen Donnelly, said her client was showing "symptoms of some kind of mental illness".
She said he had spent six weeks in the Central Mental Hospital and that a psychiatric report was "absolutely warranted".
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 that 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 to 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 to kill her and that they had already murdered the other woman.
Judge Martin Nolan said this was a "surreal situation" where the men had decided to deal with their financial problems by carrying out a "brutal" robbery of two women who had treated them kindly.
He imposed a prison sentence of three years on Andrulevicius for each of the charges to run consecutively.