Three men have been arrested this morning in connection with a robbery which saw a businessman struck in the head with a hatchet.
The violent burglary occurred last week at Fortfield Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W
The three men were arrested in the Dublin city area this morning under the provisions of Section 50 – Criminal Justice Act 2007 and are detained in Terenure and Rathfarnham Garda Stations.
Last week a man in his 60s, was confronted by at least four masked man when he answered a knock at the door at around 9.30pm. The homeowner’s teenage son was also present. The men are alleged to have assaulted the homeowner and demanded cash. The homeowner was struck three times over the head with a hatchet in a violent altercation. He received head injuries but his son was not harmed.
The gang fled when the homeowner’s wife returned to the house and disturbed the men. The manwas brought to St James' Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
No money or valuables were taken in the incident.
Witnesses reported seeing a red van parked close to the house during the course of the robbery.
It’s understood that this is the second time that the house has been targeted by burglars in the past month - there was no cash taken from the property at this time.
A source explained: “Money is not kept in that house but yet it has been targeted twice.
“What happened last night was a particularly violent aggravated burglary.”
The victim was rushed to St James's Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening head injuries.
A short time later, local gardai who were responding to the aggravated burglary call arrested the driver of a red van which matched the description of the vehicle parked near the house.