Friday 6 December 2019

Brothers who beat off burglars are raided again

Stephen Maguire

TWO elderly brothers who beat off raiders with just a brush have been targeted again.

Farmers Jim and Eric Steele saw off a gang of four burglars who called to their Co Donegal home looking for cash.

The pensioners, aged 69 and 75, gave one raider a beating and chased them from their home on Main Street in Manorcunningham on Monday of last week. One of the attackers was injured and the gang fled empty-handed.

However, the brothers have revealed that they were set upon again just four days after they had seen off the first gang.

Doors on their outhouses were broken, machines were damaged and oil was stolen in the second raid.

The brothers didn't hear the break-in at the rear of their home and only discovered the damage and robbery the next morning.

Jim, the eldest brother, said he suspected that it could have been the same gang again and that he will deal with the raiders in "his own way" if they call back again.


"The first time I used a brush and gave one of them a good shot to the guts. They weren't expecting that but this is our home and we will do all we have to do to defend it.

"The next time it might not be a brush if they come in here," he warned.

Eric said they were now taking it in turns to sleep in case the gang come back.

"The guards can't be everywhere, so we have to look after ourselves and our property," he said. "We don't have anything in our house but this is our home."

Nobody has been arrested in relation to the burglary on the Steele brothers' home.

More than 20 burglaries have taken place across Donegal in recent weeks, with several elderly people hurt during some of the raids.

Seven people appeared at Letterkenny District Court this week, charged in connection with other alleged burglaries across Donegal.

All of them were released on bail to appear at future court sittings.

Irish Independent

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