‘I know what she went through and it’s horrendous’: Lisa Murphy on Kim Kardashian’s Paris ordeal with armed gang
Published 09/10/2016 | 14:14
Lisa Murphy has said news of the armed raid on Kim Kardashian in Paris brought back haunting memories of her own terrifying ordeal in Wicklow in 2011.
The Brittas Bay mansion Murphy once shared with former partner Gerald Kean was targeted by callous thieves, who tied her up before getting away with more than €1m worth of precious jewellery.
Speaking to The Sunday World, the socialite said she identified with Kim Kardashian, whose Paris residence was attacked by a masked gang earlier this week.
“It brought the terror back to me again. I’m quite shocked because of the amount of security she has all the time. It was bringing me back to when I went through it and it’s horrendous. I obviously know what she went through and it’s horrendous,” she said.
Murphy, who split with her solicitor beau Kean earlier this year, revealed that Kardashian's experience made her relive the moments when she was bound using cable ties as thieves ransacked her home.
“They used cable ties and my hands were held behind my back. They had a knife and they were going to stab me in the back if I didn’t tell them where [the safe] was.
“I was screaming and I was crying. I was praying to my brother in heaven. I was there for nearly three hours screaming my head off and in tears before Gerald got home and freed me,” she said.
Lisa admitted the thieves had analysed her routine and had a particular interest in the ring gifted to her by former fiancé Michael Flatley.
“The first thing they did was to ask specifically for Michael’s ring. They were pulling at my fingers trying to get my rings off. I said, ‘I will take them off’, but they were just trying to get in and out as quickly as possible.
“But they said,’Look we will do this the hard way’, and they basically ripped off my fingers. All the jewellery was worth in excess of €1m,” she said.
The thieves were never located despite extensive Garda investigations and the value of the jewellery was never reimbursed by the couple’s insurance company.
“I still have nightmares. I suffered from panic attacks after the incident.
“It still affects me. You learn to live with it, and I went to counselling, but you certainly never get over it,” she said.