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Saturday 24 June 2017

Gun-wielding thugs terrorise pair on Justice Minister's road

Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke
Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Tom Burke

Robin Schiller

TWO terrified people were tied up and threatened at gunpoint in a shocking aggravated burglary that occurred on the same street as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s home.

Two men, one armed with a firearm, entered the west-Dublin address shortly after 11am yesterday while two people were in the house.

The victims – a male aged in his 60s and a female aged in her 50s – were threatened by the two thugs as they demanded to know the location of any valuables.

Both the man and woman were tied up by the raiders, who continued to threaten them with what was believed to be a handgun.

The incident occurred in Castleknock and the address targeted is on the same road as that of the Justice  Minister Frances Fitzgerald

It is understood that the two thugs made off with the contents of a safe, which included a number of valuable watches.

The victims eventually managed to free themselves and alerted gardai. They are said to be deeply shaken, but were not physically injured during the incident.

Detectives from Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating, but no arrests have yet been made. They have appealed to anyone with information to contact them.

A spokesperson for Minister of Justice Frances Fitzgerald did not reply to requests for comment when contacted by the Herald last night.

One garda is placed outside the minister’s address on a rotating basis, but it is not known if a uniformed officer was posted at her house at the time.

A total of 543 burglary related offences were recorded by officers at Blanchardstown Garda Station in 2015.

These offences include burglary, aggravated burglary and possession of an article with intent to commit a burglary.

The number is down significantly from the previous year, when a total of 692 burglary-related crimes occurred in the Blanchardstown Garda Station area.

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