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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Lock doors and windows', urges man beaten in burglary

Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren

A man who was attacked during a violent burglary in his home has said everyone should lock their doors and windows to help protect themselves from break-ins.

Alokh Thomas (22), who is studying for a masters degree in Dublin, said opportunist burglars are looking for any weakness that could help them get into a house, and burglaries can happen during day or night.

He was speaking as he recovered from being attacked in his home on the main street in Celbridge, Co Kildare, just before 3pm on Tuesday.

Beating

Two men gained access to Alokh's kitchen through an open window and beat him with a bat and stabbed him in the arms and wrists with a knife when he said he had no money.

Alokh Thomas who was attacked in aggravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare.
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in aggravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare.

"I heard a bang, and I didn't know what it was, so when I came downstairs I saw one man climbing through the kitchen window and another one coming in after him," Alokh told the Herald.

"One of them ran at me and hit me with the bat, he went to hit me again and I raised my arm to block him, and he hit me a second time.

"Then he attacked me with a knife and it got me deep in the wrist. I asked 'what do you want?' and they were shouting for money," he added, saying he told them he had none.

"We had left the kitchen window open, and it gave them a chance. They saw it, so I would say to everyone - lock your doors and close your windows.

"I was shocked that this could happen during the daytime, and especially in Celbridge, where there are not many crimes like this. But now I know it can happen any time," he added.

Mr Thomas said he was also terrified of the unprovoked violence that was used against him in the attack.

"The first thing they did was hit me. I could not believe it. Then they started shouting for money and I told them I had none, and they hit me again," he said.

New data released from the Garda Analysis Service shows burglars commonly target back doors (26pc), back windows (24pc) and front windows (8pc) in break-ins.

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