'It's an awful thing to happen' - Shock as man (94) assaulted during aggravated burglary
An elderly man is being treated for head injuries this morning after a pair of raiders broke into his home overnight and threatened him and his wife.
The couple were at their home on the Old Dublin Road, Roscrea, Co Tipperary when two men broke in through a side window.
The pair, who are well known in the town, were threatened during the incident.
A garda spokesman said the 94-year-old husband was assaulted and the men escaped with a quantity of cash.
His wife (87) was not injured in the attack.
Emergency services were contacted at approximately 11.40pm.
The man was taken by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he is being treated for head injuries.
A source said detectives are waiting to speak to the couple to get a better description of the attackers.
"They're not in much of a state to speak at the moment. The couple are obviously very shaken by this."
Gardai are investigating if the two intruders were disturbed by the couple when they came home, if the raiders were waiting in the house for them to come home, or if they broke in after they came home.
"They are a lovely couple and keep to themselves. They are well respected in the town," said on neighbour.
"It's an awful thing to happen. There have been break-ins in this part of town before, and I think the Campions were robbed before as well," they added.
The scene of the robbery was sealed off today and forensically examined by members of the garda technical bureau.
A laneway at the side of the house leads to a gate which it is believed the raiders opened to gain access to the side window of the house before breaking in.
The house is situated at the end of a terrace of bungalows on the outskirts of the town.
Anyone with information should contact Roscrea Garda Station on 0505 24230.