'I'll never be able to sleep again' - model Eve after gang raid
A Dublin model feared she was going to die after a gang of men held a knife to her throat and threw bleach on her during a horror home invasion.
Eve Ryan (24) spent a terrifying 20 hours locked inside a tiny en-suite bathroom before being rescued by her aunt at her Portmarnock home last week.
Describing the ordeal on social media, she revealed how she came home at 7pm last Thursday to find men with balaclavas in her house.
Her grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was also in the property at the time.
"They put knives to my neck and screwdrivers to my eyes. They threw bleach on me and asked where the jewellery and money was," she wrote.
"I've never ever felt as terrified in my life. All I kept saying was, 'please, please don't hurt my granny'.
"They then dragged me by the hair into a tiny toilet en-suite in the back bedroom with no window, locked me in and took the key. They also took my iPhoneXS.
"They left quickly afterward, and I began to scream and bang on the door and walls to get my poor granny to hear me and get help.
"My granny is my life but unfortunately she was not able to help me and couldn't understand how to use the phone to call 999 with her dementia."
Ms Ryan, who is signed to Catwalk Models agency, described how she attempted to communicate with her grandmother in a bid to get help.
"I wrote notes with mascara and put them under the door to try help her remember but it was no use. I was locked in the toilet for 20 hours. I was absolutely freezing," she said.
"My poor dogs were going mad. I just got my granny to get into the bed beside the toilet I was in and she went to sleep. I started banging a hole in the wall to try get out but it was no use."
Ms Ryan wrote that she thought she was going to die and felt so scared and helpless for her grandmother.
"I can't explain the desperate thoughts I got," she said.
"Finally, at 2.10pm on Friday my aunty arrived out of pure chance and could hear the screaming and saw how the house was upside down. She called 999.
"My neighbour, Peter, came in and kicked the door down. It was the best moment of my life.
"I'm so thankful they never went near my granny and didn't hurt my dogs, but I don't think I will ever be able to sleep again or feel safe."
The young woman added that the gang carried out the burglary despite CCTV surrounding the house, big gates and three dogs.
"I know a lot of robberies are happening around the area at the minute, so I want to ask everyone to please be careful, so this doesn't happen again," she said.
"These men had a very distinctive Irish accent. The CCTV shows everything. I want to thank the Malahide station, detectives and gardai. What a horrible way to start 2020, I'll never be the same again."
Ms Ryan is perhaps most well-known for becoming embroiled in the former romance between Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell.
Ms Ryan and Mr McConnell, who have been friends for years, were pictured together on a night out.
However, this led to her being insulted by Ms Davis on Twitter after she saw the pictures.