Terrified family held by gunman wearing balaclava for almost two hours
Members of a Sixmilebridge family were today recovering from a terrifying ordeal where they were held up by a balaclava wearing gun man for almost two hours last night.
In the incident, it is alleged that a 50 year old man from Listowel, Co Kerry held a father and daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend at gunpoint on Thursday evening before the three overpowered the man during which time, the man’s shot-gun being discharged.
The father was working as a handyman on a country house near the Clare village of Sixmilebridge when he encountered the Co Kerry man who was armed with the shot-gun and wearing a balaclava on the property of an elderly local couple.
The armed man could not get access to the home and held the handyman at gunpoint for almost one hour on the property outside the house.
When the work man didn’t return him home, his 27-year-old daughter and her 29-year-old boyfriend came to the property to see where the man was.
However, on arriving at the scene, it will be alleged that the gun-man also held the two at gunpoint for almost one hour.
The gun-man took the phones and wallets from the three. It is believed that when he struck the boy-friend with the butt of the shot-gun, all three over-powered the man during which time the shotgun was discharged.
No one suffered from any gun-shot injuries though the daugther’s boyfriend did sustain minor injuries to his leg and head from the scuffle.
It will be alleged that the shot-gun was stolen earlier yesterday from a Co Limerick farmer and that the house at Donnybrook at Sixmilebridge was chosen at random by the man.
After the struggle, the daughter rang the Gardai on 999 and the three held the man until the Gardai arrived.
He was subsequently arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the Person Act and brought to Shannon Garda Station where he remains under questioning.
No charges have yet been made in the case.
It is expected that there will be a special court sitting later this evening or tomorrow morning in Ennis in connection with the incident after local Gardai have liaised with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).