Sunday 22 October 2017

'I was left for dead in my home but gardai say there's insufficient evidence' - grandmother's horror attack

Doreen O'Shea at her home in Ashford
Doreen O'Shea at her home in Ashford

Kathy Armstrong

A grandmother who was attacked in her own home and left for dead claims that she has been "let down by the gardaí."

Doreen O'Shea suffered horrendous injuries when an intruder beat her with a weapon at her home in Ashford, Co Wicklow on July 8, 2015.

She alleges that the man who hurt her has since been convicted on drug charges but never for what he did to her.

Doreen (53) told Independent.ie: "I was at home on a Tuesday night and I was on my computer at around 1am when Charlie, my pet terrier, started growling.

"This was unusual for him and for a second I assumed something must have blown over outside and scared him but when I looked up and saw a man standing in the kitchen holding a weapon, which looked like a hurley or a piece of wood."

The man proceeded to attack Doreen and Charlie with the weapon.

She said of the ordeal: "I'm not sure how long it lasted, a few minutes, but it was the most horrific thing.

"He didn't say a word the entire time and eventually I played dead.

"I could feel him standing over me and then I heard him walking away again.

"When he left I waited in the quietness until I was sure he was definitely gone.

"I scooted myself to the living room and it was then that I realised both of my arms were broken but my index finger was working so I was able to call the gardai and an ambulance.

"I didn't feel pain, only terror and I was so afraid that he would come back and finish me off."

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Doreen spent three weeks recovering in St Vincent's Hospital and had suffered two broken arms, she needed 14 staples across her skull and one of her ears had been severed and had to be re-attached.

Doreen is living in her house again and said that "nobody is going to scare me out of my own home."

She said: "He never asked me where my jewellery or anything was, my phone, wallet and laptop were all on the coffee table but he didn't take anything, it just makes no sense.

"This man is evil."

She recognised her attacker and she claims her statement helped gardaí charge the man with other offences.

However, she says he has never been punished for what he did to her and Doreen said she feels let down.

She said: "I've been told that there isn't enough evidence to link him to what happened to me but it helped them to bring other charges against him.

"I feel that now they've got their man they're not too bothered about getting justice for me.

"I've been let down by gardaí, I let gardaí come into my house, take evidence and I haven't got anywhere.

"The reason they're giving for him not being convicted was they said I identified someone else but they wouldn't let me see a photo but how could I if they wouldn't let me without seeing him, even in hospital I drew a picture of him, I will never forget his face, height, colouring, everything.

"When I first found out I was raging but now I'm aghast, I've been brought up to believe and respect the gardai, to believe they would help me but now I feel let down.

"How could they leave me here with a titanium bar in my arm and it aches continuously, my ear is totally disfigured, I still get desperate headaches from my head being split open and I've had panic attacks.

"Then tell me there's insufficient evidence, how is that right?"

A spokesman for An Garda Siochana told Independent.ie they cannot comment on cases involving 'named individuals'.

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