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Saturday 22 September 2018

I'll wed Lisa soon says Gerald after horrific robbery

Celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean has said he expects his wedding to Lisa Murphy will happen "sooner rather than later" after her horrific robbery.

And he said that he hasn't given up hope of recovering part of the €1.5m stash of jewellery stolen from their Wicklow home by an armed gang a week ago.

"Of course you live in hope but, to be honest, getting the jewellery back isn't my main priority at the moment. My main concern is for Lisa," he told the Herald.

"Personally, I don't really care if they get the rings back or not. As long as she's okay, that's all I care about. I don't know the likelihood of getting the jewellery back, that's a matter for the gardai, but I do know they have done incredible work on the case."

He also revealed how despite being pictured smiling away outside her parents' home, the socialite salon owner is "still very upset".

"I am very proud with how she has coped, I'm not sure if I'd have done as well but she does have her up and down moments," he continued. "She could be in good form one minute and then it hits her again. The gardai took another statement from her this week and having to relive the whole experience kind of brought it all back to her. It's going to take a while to get over it. The kind of loveable person she is though, she'll probably be praying for them in two weeks time."

Asked if their nuptials had been put on the long finger as a result, he added: "We haven't set a wedding date yet. That's a matter to be looked at in due course, but we hope it will be sooner rather than later."

The stash of jewellery stolen from his Drayton Manor home in Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, included a €500,000, 10-carat Cartier engagement ring from Michael Flatley, as well as her priceless antique ring from Gerald. None of the stolen items were insured.

She was ambushed as she entered their Wicklow home on her own on the evening of May 26 shortly after 8pm in an incident that lasted less than five minutes.

Four masked men entered the house and tied her to a chair, threatening her with a knife as they pulled her rings off her fingers before demanding the code to the safe in the bedroom.

mfinn@herald.ie

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