TWO men suffered stab wounds to the face in separate aggravated burglaries on the same night.
A 54-year-old man was stabbed in the face with a screwdriver during the course of a burglary in Donaghmede, north Dublin.
An hour earlier in a separate incident a 27-year-old suffered a laceration to the side of his head in another apparent attempted burglary.
A substantial sum was stolen in the raid where the 54-year-old was injured at Grattan Lodge, Donaghmede, at around 8pm on Thursday. Three men entered the home of the businessman who runs a Chinese take-away in the Santry area of the northside.
One of the thugs grabbed the man's 29-year-old son and threatened him with a sword before holding him in a bedroom.
The two other criminals who were armed with screwdrivers held the 54-year-old man and his 50-year-old wife in another bedroom and demanded to know where their safe was.
During the course of this exchange, they stabbed the man in the nose with a screwdriver. Eventually the thugs got access to the safe and stole a substantial four figure sum.
They then locked the terrified husband and wife and their son in the en-suite bathroom of the house before fleeing.
The family managed to raise the alarm and officers from Coolock Garda Station rushed to the scene.
The 54-year-old man, who is originally from Vietnam, was brought to Beaumont Hospital and was discharged from there in the early hours of yesterday morning after receiving treatment for the stab wound to his face.
And earlier on Thursday evening, the family home of another Asian businessman was targeted at the Larchfield estate in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
At 7pm, four raiders burst into the house armed with knives and were involved in a confrontation with a 27-year-old man in the hallway of the home in front of his shocked parents.
He suffered a laceration to the right side of his head and his right ear in the scuffle, after which the criminals fled out the back of the house empty-handed.
The victim was later rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, and is said to be making a good recovery from his injuries.
Dublin criminals are suspected of being involved in both aggravated burgalries and there has been no arrests in either case.
It is not believed that there is a link between both of Thursday night's crimes.
Sources say that gardai have noted an increase in burglaries from Asian businesspeople in recent months.
In August, we revealed that around €100,000 in cash was stolen from a Chinese man who operates a takeaway and restaurant business.
The two robbers are understood to have targeted the man's apartment at Canterbury Gate, Mulhuddart, Dublin, in the afternoon, when the resident had left the premises.
The apartment was ransacked and €100,000 in cash was stolen.
Investigating gardai, who have not yet made any arrests, believe the robbers were tipped off by someone who knew the businessman. They fled from the scene with the cash on foot via fields towards a large industrial estate.
The victim is understood to be a Chinese national who owns a local takeaway, along with other restaurant interests.
It is understood that detectives believe the businessman may have been betrayed by someone he knew.