A Dublin man has gone on trial accused of breaking into an elderly farmer’s Fingal home with two others and beating the victim with bats for a small sum of money.
Adam Marlowe (23), of Walkinstown Drive, Walkinstown, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary and assaulting Malachy Turley causing him harm at Kettles Lane, Kinsealy on July 29, 2016.
He has also pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing €50 from the then 81-year-old pensioner on the same date.
Prosecuting counsel read Mr Turley’s Garda statement to the jury, in which he described how three men wearing homemade balaclavas broke into his home and attacked him.
Mr Turley said he had been living alone at his family home since 1986 after his mother’s death and rarely left the premises or received any visitors.
He described how he had woken up in the early hours of July 29, as was usual, to have a cup of tea and a slice of apple tart. He then went back to bed and was roused again from his sleep to find a man standing in his bedroom doorway.
The complainant said he grabbed his walking stick to defend himself but then saw two other “fit lads”. He told gardai the men wore homemade balaclavas and carried bats, a small blade and a firearm that looked like an imitation gun.
Mr Turley said the three intruders pushed him onto his bed and beat him as they screamed: “Where’s the safe, where’s the safe?” He said they called him by his first name during the attack.
Mr Turley said he was “just lying there and taking the beating” and that he went unconscious at one point. He was pulled to the floor and his mattress thrown on top of him as the gang ransacked his bedroom.
When he got up, he found his house ransacked, €50 missing from his wallet and two small bags of coins taken from his bookshelf.
Mr Turley said he received five stitches to his hand, suffered bruising to his body and was prescribed painkillers.
In its opening address the prosecution said garda forensics recovered a piece of blue material in Mr Turley’s bedroom and that DNA recovered from this matched the accused.
The trial continues before Judge Melanie Greally and a jury of eight men and four women.