Sunday 23 October 2016

Knife held to throat of OAP (90) in robbery

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A 90-year-old woman had a knife held to her throat and her home burgled in the early hours of Monday morning.

The shocking incident happened at 2.45am as the victim awoke to find a hooded raider standing over her wielding a knife at the Salthill apartments complex in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

The thug raised the knife to the victim's throat as he threatened her, demanding cash and jewellery.

He then made off with a small quantity of jewellery.

Although the woman was not physically injured during the burglary she is believed to have been left very shaken by the incident.

Detectives investigating the robbery subsequently raided a halting site in Dun Laoghaire yesterday morning, where they recovered the stolen goods.

A 15-year-old was subsequently arrested and is expected to appear before a special sitting of the Children's Court today.

Gardai are continuing to investigate a gang who have been involved in terrorising OAPs across two counties.

The Dun Laoghaire incident is the latest in a spate of aggravated burglaries involving an elderly person in the south Dublin and north Wicklow areas.


In a separate incident on March 31, a man in his late 60s was beaten and tied up by two raiders, one of who was believed to have been armed with a firearm.

The burglary happened in the Rocky Valley area of Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow at approximately 9pm as the pensioner was in his kitchen.

Two young men, believed to be in their late teens to early 20s, entered an unlocked door at the back of the house armed with a knife and a handgun.

They then proceeded to assault the homeowner, hitting him over the head with a blunt instrument.

Bloodied and shaken from the assault, the victim was then tied up.

The terrifying ordeal lasted around 30 minutes as the men went from room to room searching for valuables.

They eventually made off with a small quantity of cash, jewellery and the pensioners mobile phone, leaving the terrified victim tied up in the sitting room.

Gardai believe a third man may have been waiting outside for the gang, acting as a getaway driver.

Detectives from Bray Garda Station are investigating the aggravated burglary and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.


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