Farmer whose son shot burglar lived final days in 'fortress'
Elderly farmer Richard Lowndes, who spoke out in defence of his son Graham who shot a burglar at the family home, has died.
Richard (84) spent the last few years of his life in his home he turned into a "fortress" as he feared another burglary, his son said.
Thief Mathew Fahey (37) received a gunshot wound in the arm and was later convicted of the burglary at the elderly farmer's home in Kilsallagh, Co Dublin. His son (52) received the probation act last July when he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of having a shotgun without a certificate on the day he shot Fahey.
Fahey, who had more than 60 convictions for theft and burglary, later initiated a civil case for injury caused by 17 shotgun pellets.
Richard Lowndes, who lived in the farmhouse for 55 years, had been living alone after his wife Dorothy died in 2003. He passed away at the Mater Hospital on Thursday.
"My father spent the last few years of his life living in a home he turned into a fortress because he was worried about another burglary," Graham told the Irish Independent. "This was a man who used to leave a key in the door of the house.
"When I was charged after what happened, I know he worried a lot about what would happen to me.
"His legacy to his four children is that he taught us about respect, love, hard work and family values."
On the day of the burglary in 2012, Fahey and his accomplices ransacked the house, stealing cash and property. Graham Lowndes arrived in a lorry and they fled. He grabbed a shotgun from the house and chased one of the fleeing vehicles into the fields. Fahey received shotgun injuries to his arm.