Friday 30 September 2016

Twink reveals details of traumatic robbery: 'I looked at the Garda and asked was the shovel intended for me'

Published 02/03/2016 | 11:35

Adele King
Adele King
Adele King in her home in 2008
Adele King in her bedroom in 2005
Twink is the new face of Phone Watch Picture:Conor McCabe Photography
Adele King aka Twink and daughter Chloe pictured at the VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Panto legend Twink has opened up about the harrowing details of her recent home robbery.

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The stage star, real name Adele King, said last month that her home was burgled in Rathfarnham before she became the new face of PhoneWatch, and today, she spoke of how "violated" she feels since the break-in.

The mother-of-two had been taking her five dogs for a walk one evening when she returned to find her home in "frightening destruction" with the burglars having stolen jewellery of monetary and sentimental value and vandalised her bedroom.

"The irony was it was deceptive as I walked in the door, it looked calm and normal as usual and I went to get my charger for my phone upstairs. The landing was in disarray," she told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk.

Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin
Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin

"There’s a large square foot in my room and there wasn’t once square inch of it visible – the destruction was frightening. Pictures were taken off walls and smashed, panels behind toilets were pulled out and snapped.

"In the walk in closet, which was completely trashed and everything taken, including everything I wanted to give to my daughters, the wooden barrier that encases the covers of the underfloor heating  - they’d taken the entire metal casing off the manifold head covers.

"There was stuff smashed and there are days I walk in still and see the devastation and destruction and think,’ Why?’

"The pair of earrings I have on is the pair I left the house in that day. They left me buckets of plastic crap – all the costume jewellery, handbags – they knew what they were taking."

Adele King aka Twink and daughter Chloe pictured at the VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Adele King aka Twink and daughter Chloe pictured at the VIP Style Awards at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

King's LA-based daughter Chloe Agnew had been staying with her mother on a recent trip home to Ireland, but had been having a sleepover with some family on the night.

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In what she described as the most unnerving part of her ordeal was the discovery of a garden shovel on the premises, which she says, gardai said would have been used on her had she walked in on the criminals in the act.

"They found a massive garden shovel sitting on a pile of clothes. I asked the head garda of the investigation - as he was writing notes, the forensic guy was dusting the shovel down, I asked, as matter of interest, 'Was that intended to be used on me?

Adele King in her bedroom in 2005
Adele King in her bedroom in 2005

"He never looked up from the notebook and said ‘You’d be sure it would have been used on you', not batting an eyelid," she said.

"Don’t think I’d have not picked up the shovel myself. I might think, God help them if I walked in on them."

Twink added that burglaries in Ireland, particularly targeting pensioners, is a "pandemic" and called for more "Garda manpower" and said she's become a nervous wreck in her own home ever since.

"I love Rathfarnham. You’re not a big deal anymore, you’re just one of the neighbours. [Now], I jump at everything. I was never fearful. I was brought up in an Ireland where we left the windows and doors open , with that freedom

"You’re tyring to get out to work to try and entertain people and someone is burgling your home."

When one listener text in the show to speak of their own home robbery experience, likening it to rape, she said: "I didn’t want to use that term by fear of castigation, but now that someone has graciously said it for me...I can’t imagine what the real version was like.

"It’s a total violation - its’ your space. They ate sweets sitting on my bed. This is my little space, my bed, my own area, I felt revolted even turning a light switch on. I think that’s the bit that’s terribly hard for me."

Twink is the new face of Phone Watch Picture:Conor McCabe Photography
Twink is the new face of Phone Watch Picture:Conor McCabe Photography

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