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Friday 20 July 2018

'Intruder said he'd kill me' - Noble

Christina Noble
Christina Noble

Ken Foy and Ryan Nugent

Gardaí are investigating an aggravated burglary on the home of well-known children's rights campaigner Christina Noble in which the 72-year-old was threatened at knifepoint.

Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk, Ms Noble said the burglar threatened to kill her.

She had been asleep on her couch when the burglar entered her home.

"There was something tipping my arm and when I turned around he took the knife he had in his hand and put it towards my throat, held it over my throat," Ms Noble said.

"He was screaming 'give me the money, give me the money'.

"'Give me the money, I'm going to kill you, do you understand me, no messing, I'm going to kill you'.

"Twice I told him I have no money.

"I went into a very calm state. I just sat there. I didn't utter a word. I don't know if it was shock or adrenaline.

"He desecrated my home."

Ms Noble managed to activate a panic alarm, which alerted gardaí.

The burglar demanded money and car keys and then fled in her car with her wallet.

Ms Noble was uninjured but distraught.

Her car - an Opel Zafira - has not been recovered.

No arrests have been made and gardaí in Lucan are appealing for witnesses to contact the station.

Ms Noble founded the Christina Noble Foundation in 1989 to provide health services, and education to vulnerable children and their families.

Irish Independent

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