Gang of thugs mug woman praying at her parents' grave
A WOMAN has been attacked, assaulted and robbed while she prayed at her parents' graveside.
The horrific attack took place at Mount St Laurence cemetery in Limerick city and gardai are attempting to trace three assailants who are responsible for the crime.
A garda spokesman described the incident as "a particularly cowardly crime" and said they are appealing for public assistance.
The 45-year-old woman who is from co Limerick was unaccompanied as she visited her parent's grave in the city cemetery last Friday evening.
At 5.30pm, as she was standing at her parents' grave, she was approached by three men who were all aged in their 20s and wearing hoodies.
Immediately, they started repeatedly hitting her with a weapon -- suspected to be a riding crop -- and pulled at her handbag.
"They took her handbag by force. It was a cowardly crime," a garda spokesman said.
The beige handbag which was stolen contained a Nokia C1 mobile phone, a Kodak camera, a silver Armani watch, reading glasses, €40 in cash and various bank cards.
After assaulting and robbing their victim, the culprits fled in the direction of Bengal Terrace.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact officers at Roxboro garda station in Limerick on 061-214340 or 1800-666-111.