Hunt for raider who attacked a man after breaking into his home
A householder suffered slash injuries after an intruder forced his way into his home, attacked him and demanded cash or valuables.
The alarm was raised after concerned neighbours heard loud shouts coming from the house and called to the property off Cathedral Road in Cork shortly after 6pm yesterday. The raider brazenly answered the front door and tried to pass himself off as a friend of the house owner who was just visiting him for Christmas.
The man then tried to persuade neighbours to leave by insisting everything was fine and that the noise was simply caused by a combination of a loud TV and the householder accidentally falling in the property.
However, neighbours were very suspicious of the man's story.
Before the attacker could close the front door, one local spotted the house owner, who is aged in his 60s, in an upset condition in the background.
The quick-witted neighbour immediately left the scene to ring gardaí.
Gardaí raced to the scene within minutes but the attacker, who had retreated inside the property, fled on foot across neighbouring gardens.
Gardaí supported by the armed Regional Support Unit were last night hunting on Cork's northside for the raider who is understood to be in his late 20s or early 30s. The man may be armed with a knife.
The householder suffered bruises, abrasions and an apparent slash-type wound and was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment.