Saturday 10 December 2016

Pipebomb in house of shooting victim

Shane Hickey

Published 21/08/2010 | 05:00

A PIPEBOMB was found in the home of a man who was tied up, beaten and shot during an attack.

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The army's bomb disposal team last night made the improvised explosive safe after it was discovered by gardai following searches on the rural house of Gary Lee (32) at Rathduffmore, near Knockananna, on the Carlow-Wicklow border.

Mr Lee received facial injuries and a gunshot wound to his arm during a robbery late on Wednesday night.

A group of men entered the remote cottage and demanded that he hand over firearms that were in the house.

Yesterday, investigating officers were carrying out follow-up searches when they discovered the pipebomb.

The bomb disposal team were called to the cottage and made the device safe during a 90-minute operation. Sources indicate the device was viable and did not appear to be thrown or placed in the property.

Gardai are continuing to hunt for the gang of men who robbed Mr Lee, who is a hunting enthusiast. Two shotguns and a rifle, all of which are legally owned, are missing.

It is understood he was beaten around the head and his arms were cable-tied together.

After the gang left, the injured man made his way to a neighbour's house where the alarm was raised.

Irish Independent

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