Burglar threatens women in horror raid
Two young women suffered a terrifying ordeal when they became the victims of a shocking aggravated burglary.
The women, who are Italian nationals, were staying in a property at the Woodbrook Lawn estate in Bray, Co Wicklow, when a male intruder burst into the house.
The incident happened at around 6.40am on Thursday and the women were awoken by an intruder who threatened them with what is described as a "blunt instrument".
They were then were forced to go from room to room as the crazed raider demanded cash and gold from the occupants.
A small amount of cash and jewellery was taken in the raid.
It is understood that the suspect in the case escaped on foot.
Officers from Bray Garda Station are investigating the crime and the suspect, who was hooded, has not been arrested yet.
Like in other towns across the country, many serious aggravated burglaries have happened in Bray in recent months.
A fortnight ago, three raiders terrorised a frail elderly couple in their home at the nearby Briarwood on the Vevay Road in Bray.
They forced the couple, who are in their 80s, into a spare room where they tied them up.
The trio demanded cash and then ransacked the house but did not get any money.
However, they did manage to get a small quantity of jewellery before fleeing.
After the raiders left, the couple freed themselves and then broke a window in the room in which they had been held.
This attracted the attention of neighbours who then alerted gardai.
Sources said last night that gardai did not believe the two crimes were linked and there has been no arrest in that case either.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is preparing a series of legislative reforms to tackle the shocking epidemic of household burglaries, including enabling district court judges to impose consecutive sentences on repeat offenders.