Sunday 4 December 2016

'I could not believe they would attack me unprovoked' - Student beaten with cricket bat and stabbed during daylight burglary

Published 26/10/2016 | 08:22

Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare.
Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren

A man is recovering and in shock today after being attacked with a cricket bat and knife by two burglars who broke into his home in broad daylight.

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The violent incident happened on the main street in Celbridge, Co Kildare, on Tuesday afternoon.

Alokh Thomas (22), who is studying for a Masters degree in Dublin, said he heard a loud noise downstairs and when he came down to investigate he was set upon by the men.

“I heard a bang, and I didn’t know what it was, so when I came downstairs I saw one man climbing through the kitchen window and another one coming in after him,” Alokh told Independent.ie

Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare.
Pic:Mark Condren
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren

“One of them ran at me and hit me with the bat, he went to hit me again and I raised my arm to block him, and he hit me a second time.

“Then he attacked me with a knife and it got me deep in the wrist. I asked ‘what do you want?’ And they were shouting for money,” he added, saying he told them he had no money.

Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare.
Pic:Mark Condren
26.10.2016
Alokh Thomas who was attacked in agravated burglary in Celbridge County Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren 26.10.2016

Alokh said he was trying to escape but the men kept coming at him. Two glass panels were broken in an internal door during the struggle, and eventually Alokh made it out onto the main street and ran into the Centra store next door where he works to raise money for his education.

“I alerted the manager and the men escaped out the window again and ran through a car park and got away,” said Alokh.

The student, originally from India and living in Ireland for the last eight months, was brought to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown by ambulance where he was X-rayed and had stitches inserted in his wrist wounds.

“I was very frightened. I could not believe it would happen in the middle of the day and they would attack me unprovoked,” Alokh explained.

Yesterday new data was released from the  Garda Analysis Service which showed that front doors are the most common entry point in 29pc of burglaries.

Burglars also commonly target back doors (26pc), back windows (24pc) and front windows (8pc), with one in five cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window.

Burglars most commonly use their body to force entry into homes through doors and windows.

As the evenings become dark, the most common time for home burglaries is between 5pm and 11pm when people may be out.

Garda figures, which are based on an analysis of burglaries from July 2015 to June 2016, show jewellery and cash remain the most common objects stolen, with €600 being the average value of goods taken. Computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are also among the top items stolen. 

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