Brave 72 year old wards off burglar

A man who attempted to enter the bedroom of a 72 year old woman was convicted and fined at the recent sitting of Donegal District Court. Gda. Kevin Gilgunn told the court that Patrick Cunningham of 89, The Cottages, Carrick attempted to enter the premises known as Curran’s Foodstore in Killybegs on the 14th. of June, 2009. Mr. Cunningham pleaded guilty to the offence.

A man who attempted to enter the bedroom of a 72 year old woman was convicted and fined at the recent sitting of Donegal District Court. Gda. Kevin Gilgunn told the court that Patrick Cunningham of 89, The Cottages, Carrick attempted to enter the premises known as Curran’s Foodstore in Killybegs on the 14th. of June, 2009. Mr. Cunningham pleaded guilty to the offence.

In evidence, Gda. Gilgunn said, “Mrs. Kathleen Curran who was 72 years of age at the time of the incident was asleep in bed and was awoken by a noise at her bedroom window.

“She saw a male on the window sill and managed to push him off the ledge and he made his escape. The Gardai were called and they later lifted a number of fingerprints and Mr. Cunningham was later arrested.

Garda Gilgunn said that the defendant had said that he was just looking for a place to sleep and that he couldn’t remember a thing as he was on valium as well as being intoxicated.

Solicitor for the defence, Mr. Rory O’Brien said, “My client has had a serious drink problem for men years but he realised it and decided to do something about it.

“He had been sober for seven years and things were going very well for him. He had entered into a relationship and has two boys.

“Unfortunately the relationship broke down and as a result he returned to the drink in what became an 18 month binge.

“He describes this period in his life ‘as the worst time ever in his life’

“He is back on the right track again - soon after the incident he went to White Oaks and has remained sober for the last two years. His two boys are back living with him and he is a full time parent.

“He has also spoken with Mrs. Curran and apologised for his actions and she has accepted this.”

Judge Kevin Kilrane said, “This incident took place in June 2009 when he was under the influence of both drink and prescribed drugs.

“He went to the house of a 72 year old woman which is despicable. However, he has no history of theft or burglary - he was simply just drunk.

“The fact that this lady was able to push him off the window so easily indicates that this was a case of drunkenness.”

Judge Kilrane convicted and fined the defendant €300.