Thursday 30 March 2017

Boy (8) tied to chair and threatened by gang, says father

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

GARDAI are investigating the alleged abduction of an eight-year-old boy by a gang of teenagers who tied him to a chair before threatening him with a broken bottle.

Parents in the village of Monageer, Co Wexford, have been horrified ever since the schoolboy reported his ordeal.

The boy's father revealed to the Irish Independent that his son had given statements to gardai about the incident, which happened on Friday, September 2.

The father, who does not wish to be named to protect his son's identity, said his child was on his way home from a nearby friend's house when a group of teenagers approached him at the Gleann na gCaor estate.

"At first they were messing but then they tripped him and picked him up and carried him around 400 yards away to a grotto," he said.

The child said his hands and feet were then tied to an old office chair with a heavy rope from an old swing.

Smashed

Once the group knew they were out of view of any possible witnesses, the youths smashed a bottle and one held it to the child's face.

It is claimed that the youngster arrived home with X-shaped cuts on his cheeks.

"They kept saying that he was bullying a friend of theirs and he should leave that person alone but my son has no idea who they were talking about," said the father.

"It might have been a case of mistaken identity but I can't understand how anyone could terrify a child like that.

"He was able to wriggle out because the rope wasn't tied very well but I can't imagine how long it would have taken to find him if he hadn't been able to free himself.

"We just want these people to be punished for what they did. It happened right in the heart of our village and it's awful. Parents are not letting their children out to the shop since it happened."

Gardai confirmed they had received a report of an incident but would not discuss the details for "operational reasons".

No arrests have been made, but it is understood they are following a definite line of inquiry.

Irish Independent

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