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Kathleen (83) thrilled with support after €3k con theft

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Kathleen Byrne, who was conned out of €3,000 of savings by men pretending to fix her roof. Picture: Arthur Carron

Kathleen Byrne, who was conned out of €3,000 of savings by men pretending to fix her roof. Picture: Arthur Carron

Kathleen Byrne, who was conned out of €3,000 of savings by men pretending to fix her roof. Picture: Arthur Carron

AN ELDERLY woman who was conned out of her life savings by men posing as roof repair specialists said that she is delighted with the public's generous response to her ordeal.

A kitty of more than €3,000 has been pledged to Kathleen Byrne (83) after four conmen drove her to a post office and extorted her life savings from her.

Four men convinced Kathleen that she needed urgent repairs carried out to the roof on her Raheny home and offered to do the work for €4,000.

They then drove her to her local post office where she withdrew her €3,000 savings and the men fled with the cash.

Her case was made public on Tuesday when Kathleen was interviewed on radio by Liveline host Joe Duffy.

The show's staff were then inundated with calls of support and people have pledged more than €3,000 to help the stricken pensioner.

"That's lovely, that's very good," Kathleen, told the Herald.

Kathleen said that she is still in shock after her ordeal and had to visit her doctor to help her to manage the stress.

However, she thinks that she is starting to feel better. "I'm not too bad but I am a bit shaky still. Thank God I am improving," she said.

She said that she was also grateful to gardai who reassured her that they would find the culprits.

"They are looking for them and they will fight to the last until they get them. They were here on Tuesday taking statements and they were very nice," she said.

While she was on her way to the post office with the conmen, Kathleen said she asked if she could trust them and they reassured her that they could help her with the roof.

"I thought that they were good professional people. I even said to them 'I hope you're not one of those crowds that's going around robbing people' and they said 'no'.

"I was not with it. My head was completely gone because they had annoyed me for so long that I didn't know what I was doing. They wanted money and got up on the roof," she said.

"He came down and said 'that is going to cost you a bit. It'll be €2,050' and then he kept putting it up and putting it up until it got to €4,000."

Now, she is glad that the ordeal is over and said that she appreciates the help given to her.

"It's marvellous," said Kathleen.

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