Monday 5 December 2016

Mum flees after thugs in balaclavas storm flat

Ken Foy

Published 19/07/2016 | 22:18

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A young mother-of-two has been forced to flee her home after she and two of her pals were subjected to a brutal early morning attack.

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Kevin Street gardai are investigating the disturbing incident which unfolded at around 8am on Sunday in the Oliver Bond flats complex in Dublin's south inner city.

Two men wearing balaclavas and armed with wooden implements kicked in the door of the flat and then brutally assaulted the three people who were in the property.

The victims were a man aged 30 and two women aged 29 and 30.

Sources have revealed that the suspected attackers are known to one of the victims, and the violent incident is linked to a "personal dispute".

Both suspects are known to gardai and are from the south inner city area.

In the mayhem, one of the women attempted to flee the assailants by climbing out a window.

The attackers fled the scene before gardai arrived.

It is understood that the crime is being investigated as an aggravated burglary and no arrests have yet been made.

Sources have revealed that the targeted female "no longer feels safe" in the flat and moved her belongings out of the property on Sunday evening. It is understood that she suffered facial injuries in the attack.

The incident is not linked to the city's gangland feud.

Patrols

Gardai continue to mount regular armed patrols in the Oliver Bond area as a number of key players linked to the Kinahan cartel are based in that locality.

These include Gerard 'Bra' Brady, the father of notorious heroin trafficker Greg Lynch, who considers the flat complex his "stronghold".

Brady (56) is a close pal of godfather Christy Kinahan, who also lived in the Oliver Bond flats for years.

He has 18 convictions for crimes including theft and possession of dangerous weapons

In February, Dublin City Council repaired and upgraded CCTV cameras in the flats as tensions in the capital's gang feud spiralled out of control.

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