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Pair get lengthy jail sentences for raid on family

Kathryn Hayes

Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30

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Mr Garvey, a father of four, was handcuffed and threatened at gunpoint
Mr Garvey, a father of four, was handcuffed and threatened at gunpoint

TWO men involved in a terrifying armed raid on a family's home where they threatened to blow a man's head off, have been given lengthy jail sentences.

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Gerard Garvey, his wife Anne and their four children were subjected to the ordeal when a masked gang armed with a sawn-off shotgun, baseball bat and sledge hammer burst through patio doors of their home at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, on April 16, 2012.

Mr Garvey, a father of four, was handcuffed and threatened at gunpoint that his head would be blown off and his daughter killed during the robbery at his home.

The gang, who demanded money from the 54-year-old, repeatedly shouted: "We will blow your head off. We will kill your daughter. We will take your kids and you will never see them again."

His daughter Grace – who was 16 at the time – had her hands bound with cable ties while her brother Graham, then 14, was punched and knocked to the ground and threatened that his skull would be cracked if he didn't hand over the keys of the safe.

Bath

Mr Garvey's wife Anne was having a bath upstairs when the raiders burst into her home.

The couple's other children Gordon (16) and Gillian (14) were also home at the time.

The gang took around $3,000 and about €5,000 worth of sterling bills.

John Cahill (30), of Hillview Grove, Doon, and Christopher Stokes (42), of St Anthony's Park, Knocknaheeny, Cork city, both pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit court to a charge of aggravated burglary at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, on April 16, 2012.

Stokes also admitted falsely imprisoning Mr Garvey on the same date.

Judge Carroll Moran said aggravating factors were the targeting of a family in a remote rural house and the level of planning involved where a stolen BMW with false registration plates was used by the gang.

Judge Moran jailed 42-year- old Christopher Stokes for seven years.

Cahill who was the getaway driver and didn't enter the house was given a five-year sentence which Judge Moran ordered be served consecutive to a seven-year jail term imposed at Nenagh Circuit Court last month for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Irish Independent

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