ARMED attackers smashed their way into a house in a quiet suburban estate and assaulted the occupants with hammers and iron bars in a vicious early morning attack.
The horrific incident happened at Monastery Hill, Blarney Street, Cork at 2.35am as locals in the area were woken by the sound of smashing glass.
Gardai were alerted to the commotion and a unit rushed to the scene. On their arrival, they found a scene of chaos – three men were smashing the windows and the attack was under way inside the house.
The gardai confronted the armed attackers and arrested two men aged 32 and 25.
Local sources said the men arrested were attempting to make their escape through a front window when they were confronted by gardai. A third attacker ran from the scene as the gardai pulled up.
Two people, a male occupant of the house and his girlfriend, were taken to Cork University Hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening.
Yesterday, the scene of the attack was covered in a large amount of glass from the smashed front window and the door of the property was also damaged.
A group of people were sweeping and cleaning up the glass from in front of the house and a glass contractor's van was parked outside.
The house is understood to be rented to the occupants. The landlord of the house did not wish to comment on the incident yesterday. One local, who did not wish to be identified, said he was woken by the sound of smashing glass.
"It was very frightening but the gardai were here very fast – they came in and arrested the two men.
"There was a lot of shouting and screaming. This is a quiet place, so we wouldn't be used to this at all – it's desperate," he said.
It is understood that investigators are exploring the possibility that one of the occupants in the house may have had a dispute with a local criminal.
Gardai in Gurranabraher, Cork are appealing to witnesses to contact them at 021 494 6200. Alternatively, they can ring the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or contact any garda station.
Last week, a woman in Cork was tied up and attacked in her home in the Inniscarra area of Cork, following a violent aggravated burglary at her home.
On that occasion, the attackers left with a large sum of money.