'I thought Halloween mask raid was prank'
The man held at gunpoint in his home by raiders wearing Halloween masks and wigs, has revealed today that he first thought it was "bunch of guys acting the maggot".
"I didn't get a fright until I realised it was for real," said Des Perry (below) from Rathcoole, Co Dublin. "My wife is quite shaken."
Thugs beat up the middle- aged couple and fired shots at their son as they stole two licensed shotguns from their home. Des and Margaret Perry were taken to hospital after their ordeal. Mr Perry was treated for a head injury and his wife was treated for shock. The couple were later discharged.
Last night, gardai were hunting three men who made their getaway from the family's home at Red Gap, Rathcoole, west Dublin, in a dark-coloured Opel Vectra hatchback car.
The Perrys were attacked when they opened the front door of their house shortly after 9pm on Tuesday after they heard a knock on a window.
Mr Perry (57) was struck on the head with a hammer and then pushed back into the house, while his terrified wife was thrown to the ground.
Two of the raiders, who wore wigs and masks, forced Mr Perry to hand over the keys to a safe, where they grabbed two double-barrelled shotguns, ammunition and a sum of cash.
As they were about to make their escape, the couple's son, Craig (29) arrived home.
He tried to block the roadway with his van but one of the raiders, armed with a handgun, fired two shots at him.
He was not injured and raised the alarm as the raiders sped away in the direction of Rathcoole village.