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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Grieving parents robbed while at son's grave

BILL BROWNE

Published 05/09/2013 | 05:26

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Haulie Murphy who died in a tragic accident at the weekend.

GARDAI have issued a description of a man they are seeking after the car of a grieving Glanworth couple was broken into as they visited the grave of their son.

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GARDAI have issued a description of a man they are seeking after the car of a grieving Glanworth couple was broken into as they visited the grave of their son.

The shocking incident took place last Wednesday evening as Frances and Patrick Murphy visited the grave of their son Micheál, who had been laid to rest only two days previously.

Micheál (14) was buried at St Dominic's Cemetery on Monday after tragically losing his life following a fall from a tractor.

The family members, who had gone to Micheál's graveside at about 7.20pm, returned to the car 45 minutes later to find that the driver's window had been smashed. Mrs Murphy's handbag had been taken from the car, a blue Volkswagen Passat.

It contained a mobile phone, containing the last messages from Micheál to his mother, cash and a stone with the image of an angel on it.

Glanworth parish priest Fr Michael Corkery, who had officiated at Micheál's Requiem Mass described the robbery as a "heinous act".

"It's evil minded people that do this kind of thing. It's completely inhuman to inflict still more pain on a family that is already grieving the loss of a loved one," said Fr Corkery.

Glanworth resident and Fermoy town councillor Seamus Coleman described the robbers as "the lowest of the low".

"This was a sickening crime. The local community was appalled and disgusted. People are also very angry at this despicable intrusion on the privacy of a grieving family," said Cllr Coleman.

"I think I speak for the whole community when I say that I hope these thieves are caught and brought to justice," he added.

A garda spokesman said they believed the Murphy family were the victims of an opportunist thief.

"We would like to speak to one particular individual who was seen acting suspiciously in the area on the day in question," he said.

The man was described as being of stocky build with a red complexion and with short black hair. He was wearing a green polo shirt with a cream stripe, a dark jacket and dark jeans.

It is believed he may have been driving a dark coloured Ford Mondeo car with a 05 D number plate.

Glanworth is a very quiet village and it is likely that a strange car would have stood out," said the garda.

"We would ask that anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident to contact us in Fermoy on 025 82100".

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