Thug burglar is jailed for Eva's torture; Man caged for 8yrs after savagely attacking 89-yr-old.
Byline: TREVOR QUINN
A THUG who savagely attacked an elderly woman after breaking into her home was jailed for eight years yesterday.
Judge Michael O'Shea said "decent, wonderful, kind" widow Eva Sutton, 89, suffered a "vicious, violent, savage, and brutal" assault.
Michael Cash, 25, who had 90 previous convictions, had been on bail when he burgled the pensioner's home in Bray, Co Wicklow, along with an accomplice Jamie O'Brien.
The pair tied Eva up using dog leads and subjected her to a vicious attack over a 90-minute period, leaving her with horrific injuries including a punctured lung and broken bones.
The thugs showed no mercy as they cruelly beat the pensioner with her own walking stick and pushed it across her throat, pulled her by the hair and punched and kicked her.
They also tried to forcibly remove Eva's wedding ring from her finger but were unable to do so.
After ransacking the house, Cash, from Ashlawn Park in Ballybrack, South Dublin and O'Brien, from Bray, stole jewellery and cash.
The ordeal in September 2015 was so horrendous that Eva, who lived independently, has never returned to her home of more than 50 years and now lives in a nursing facility.
During a previous court appearance in April, Cash pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, burglary and serious assault causing harm.
O'Brien, who had 30 previous convictions including 12 for buglary, was sentenced to 10 years in prison during his sentencing hearing on the same date. He had also been on bail at the time of the attack.
In April, Judge O'Shea described the crime as a "degrading, humiliating, horrific, shocking and terrifying ordeal", adding it has ruined Eva's life.
She told gardai in her statement that the pair had been "vicious" and tried to put the handle of her walking stick MICHAEL O'SHEA PENSIONER's ordeal "around my neck". Eva said: "I stopped them with my hand, pleading with them not to do it. I was knocked to the ground and left in a sitting position. I said to them, 'I am dying, I am dying', which made no difference to them.
"I was hit on my face with fists and they kicked me on the ground all over my body, including my chest and legs.
"I remember being pulled by the hair as they brought me from the hall to the sitting-room. I said, 'Don't do that, don't do that'. They stopped and started kicking me instead."
''This was a degrading, horrific, shocking & terrifying attack JUDGE MICHAEL O'SHEA on pensioner's ordeal
HORROR ORDEAL Eva Sutton after she was beaten in home
BRUTAL ASSAULT Michael Cash