Friday 24 February 2017

Elderly woman visiting grave at south Dublin cemetery robbed 'at knifepoint'

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Grave (stock)
Grave (stock)

An elderly woman was threatened and robbed in broad daylight as she visited a south Dublin cemetery.

Two younger women approached the victim, threatened her, and stole a sum of money from the terrified woman.

The shocking incident occurred shortly after 2pm last Friday afternoon at Bohernabreena Cemetery.

The assailants left the scene in a gold coloured car.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the aggravated robbery.

The theft was one of a number of incidents which has occurred at the graveyard in the last year, according to local councillor Cathal King.

"Women have been attacking other women there, and using kids to distract them," Mr King told independent.ie.

"It has mostly involved rummaging through people's cars and robbing handbags, but this incident is a bit of an escalation.

"A knife was used to threaten this woman who made it her business to visit the cemetery after travelling up from Wexford. It's a disgrace."

Mr King - who has been a Sinn Fein councillor for Tallaght South since 2003 - has  lobbied for extra funding in the South Dublin County Council's annual budget to help bereaved families visiting their loved ones' graves "feel more secure".

"At the moment, tenders are being prepared to have CCTV footage installed at the entrance of the graveyard and in the carpark."

An increased garda presence has been present around the Bohernabreena Cemetery since last week's incident.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Tallaght Garda Station at 01-666-6000

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