'Rural Ireland is like the wild west' says farmer who has been robbed five times
A 67-year-old farmer – who has been the victim of crime five times - has told how thieves broke into his farm in the middle of the night and stole €40,000 worth of grain.
Brian Carberry from Ardee, Co Louth said 200 tonnes of grain were stolen from his farm on December 13, 2013 at 3.30am.
The cost of the crime was three-fold, he said, because the thief also damaged his farm building during the theft, and the farmer also had to buy the same amount of grain again to fulfil a pre-signed contract with a buyer.
His son Gavin told a packed audience at the Irish Independent Talks Stage at the National Ploughing Championships this afternoon that rural Ireland is now like the “wild west”.
“We feel very bitter and hurt about the whole thing. Financially, something like the theft of 200 tonnes of grain takes a few years to get over, but also you’re living in fear afterwards as well. We want justice,” Brian added.
“As it is, rural Ireland is like the wild west,” Gavin told the Irish Independent’s Crime Correspondent Paul Williams.
Brian’s 65-year-old wife now has trouble sleeping, and becomes fearful any time she hears engine sounds at night.
“It’s not only the effect of the crime on the farmer; my mother who is there 45 years, she wants to sell the farm,” Gavin said.