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Friday 22 September 2017

Elderly women attacked in their home by burglars

Greg Harkin

ONE of two elderly sisters viciously attacked in their home by burglars has vowed to continue living there as she said the thugs responsible are "cowards".

Isabelle Arthur (91) spoke out as her 89-year-old sister Susanna was being treated in hospital for a broken hip after she was thrown to the ground in the attack.

"They're just cowards, that's all they are," said Isabelle, known to family and friends as Isa. "I still have a bit of fight in me yet."

She told how three men called to her Co Donegal home on Monday afternoon and one of them asked to use the toilet but she refused to let them in.

However shortly after 5pm the men returned to the farmhouse in the townland of Feddyglass, outside Lifford.

"Two of the men came into the house. They threw Susa to the ground. They had socks on their hands.

"They were pulling things out of cupboards and drawers but there was nothing to take.

"They then locked me in the hallway with Susa still in the kitchen, but I remembered I had a spare key and was able to get out again," said Isa.

"I ran down the road and thankfully a car stopped and we called an ambulance and the gardai."

It is understood gardai were last night liaising with the PSNI and believe the gang has carried out similar robberies in Donegal in recent times.

Irish Independent

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