OAP is beaten with hurley in raid on home as wife held hostage
AN elderly man was assaulted by a hurley-wielding gang while his wife was held hostage during a robbery at their home.
The pair, who are both in their 70s, were subjected to the terrifying ordeal after three men broke into their Wicklow home.
The shocking incident occurred shortly after 3.45am on Thursday morning in Killoughther, near Ashford village.
Sources have revealed the retired couple were pulled out of their bed by the thugs who "wrecked their home in search of valuables".
It's understood that the 75-year-old male homeowner was brutally attacked with a hurl by one of the savage robbers.
He was left shaken after the incident and suffered minor injuries. He was kept in his bedroom by one of the individuals while the others held his partner in another room as they ransacked the house.
The men, two of whom wore balaclavas, made their getaway a short time later with a small amount of cash and a diamond engagement ring.
Gardai believe that two men arrested after a high-speed chase in Tallaght at 8am yesterday morning are responsible for the crime.
A source has told the Herald that hurleys were found in the stolen Audi A6, which was taken from the Irishtown area earlier that afternoon.
It's understood the men, who are both in their 20s, are well known to gardai for aggravated burglary and other serious offences.
"These guys are from the Tallaght area and are known for this sort of home invasion crime," he said. "They pray on innocent, helpless people."
Both men were detained at Tallaght Garda Station.
It is believed that the gang is responsible for a number of other serious offences in the Wicklow and Dublin areas in recent months.
It's understood the men have strong links to a group believed to responsible for a raid on a house in Greystones, Co Wicklow last month.
Thieves made off with €64,000 worth of cash and jewellery druing that break-in.
The householders were at home during the robbery but were unaware that the raiders were in the house.