Friday 9 December 2016

Irish woman appeals for return of stolen pictures of her late husband- 'They got away with my most treasured possessions'

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 04/03/2016 | 12:27

Gardai are appealing for information
Gardai are appealing for information

A Dublin woman has issued a desperate appeal for the return of a stolen camera and laptop containing cherished photos of her late husband who passed away four months ago.

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The woman named Cora, who is from the Killiney area of County Dublin, was shocked to discover this week that her house had been broken into while she was on a school run with her 5-year-old son. 

Cora was devastated when she arrived home to discover that the thieves had a stolen an old laptop and camera containing hundreds of photos, including  a final holiday with her husband, who died following a cancer battle last October. 

Photos taken over the past ten months were not backed up and Cora, who feels that the camera may have been dumped in the KIlliney area or on Dalkey’s Vico Road, is desperate for their return.  An old iPhone, Canon DSLR camera and white Apple laptop, were stolen during the break in on Monday afternoon, which left her house “upside down”. 

“I know people say they are just photographs, but its video as well that I was keeping for my son because he is so young it’s going to be hard to remember daddy,” Cora told Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio1. 

“My husband believed he was going to beat this so that’s why the stuff wasn’t backed up.  We were living as if he was going to be around – we weren’t preparing for him to die”. 

Cora’s husband was first diagnosed with cancer four years ago, but it returned aggressively last year and he passed away six weeks later.  

“We were in Edinburgh when we got the news that the cancer had come back so I am missing all photos of our last holiday together,” she said. 

Cora was contacted by the Gardaí around lunchtime on Monday to say there had been a break-in at her house. 

“The back door glass was smashed and the house was upside down,” Cora said. 

“There wasn’t much to rob in my house, but they got away with my most treasured possessions which are photographs of my recently deceased husband because they were on my laptop. They stole a laptop, my camera and an old iPhone. The memory cards are with the camera and I used to have albums of photos but I haven’t printed a photograph since I’ve had a digital camera,” she added. 

Cora is appealing for anyone who may come across the possessions to hand them in at Dún Laoghaire Garda Station.

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