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Friday 21 September 2018

Terror of the respectable family caught in brutal heist

THE traumatised family at the centre of yesterday's dramatic tiger raid are not your average target for a €7m raid.

Shane Travers (24) had only worked in Bank of Ireland for two years and to the outside world would not seem like the best placed person to access €7.5m.

He is the son of well-respected Garda Jessie Travers, who is based in central Dublin, and has been dating Stephanie Smith for less than a year.

On Thursday night, Mr Travers was staying over at her family home in Kilteel, watching television and waiting for Stephanie, her five-year-old nephew and her mother Joan to return home from an outing.

Stephanie's father Kevin snr was away in Co Clare on a business trip, while the five-year-old boy's father Stuart was flying out to Spain.

When the three returned to the house around 10pm, the violent gang of six jumped from the bushes and viciously attacked them.

The two women and child could never have anticipated what was about to happen and as Stephanie struggled with the men she received a blow to the head.

Despite his young age Mr Travers was a well-established employee at the Bank of Ireland on College Green where the working day begins at 7am.

Therefore, it was not unusual for him to arrive at the office so early. However, the fact that other staff members went along with his request for them to start filling bags of cash suggests the sheer terror that his work colleagues witnessed.

He told them that he was worried the three hostages would be killed if he didn't do as the raiders said. Stephanie plays ladies football for Eadestown GAA club in Naas. Former Irish international soccer star Niall Quinn has played football for the same club.

She won an All Ireland junior ladies football title in 2006. Her brother lives just two doors down from the family home but there was no opportunity to raise the alarm before mother, daughter and grandchild were bundled into a car and brought to a derelict house in Ashbourne.

After the ordeal Stephanie was taken to hospital for treatment to a head wound having been struck by one of the raiders.

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