Saturday 25 November 2017

Man (87) hospitalised after burglars beat him with pole

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Wayne O'Connor and Ken Foy

A pensioner was hospitalised with serious head injuries after a gang broke into his home and beat him with a pole.

Three masked men set upon the 87-year-old man in his home in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow, on Wednesday night.

He shares the home with his partner but was alone in the property when the gang forced their way in at 9pm.

They set off with a small sum of money before gardaí were altered. The pensioner was left with serious head injuries and remains in Naas General Hospital where he is been treated in a specialist eye-unit.

Local Fine Gael Councillor Vincent Blake said the area is shocked by the attack.

"Such an insensitive act like this on an innocent man does not make sense," he said.

"I can't recollect anything as serious as this.

"There are always break-ins but they tend to be when people are not in the house at the time.

"Three lads broke in and they beat him with some kind of a stick.

"It is a small village with a good neighbourhood watch programme that is normally very efficient."

Irish Independent

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