Mum stabbed in head by armed men in terrifying raid
Bravery of schoolgirl foils armed raid on family home
A schoolgirl locked herself into a room and called gardai as armed men burst into her home in a terrifying raid.
The 12-year-old dialled 999 as four men rushed through the back door of her family home in Co Monaghan.
Five children, one of them just a baby, were in the house at the time.
Her aunt, Tina Lin, was treated for head wounds following the raid by men armed with an axe, a lump hammer, a crow bar and a screwdriver.
The 26-year-old mother-of-three was hit across the head with the screwdriver in the terrifying attack.
In total, five children and two women were in the house when the gang burst in.
"The children were very scared," said Ms Lin, who was taken to hospital in Drogheda for treatment for a head wound.
Her husband Simon Lin praised the courageous actions of his 12-year-old niece who managed to make the emergency call.
"She is a hero. She kept the door locked and called the police," he said.
The raid happened shortly before 5.30pm on Sunday when the four men climbed a boundary fence beside the home of Susan and Jason Lin at Killycard, outside Castleblaney.
As a fifth member of the gang waited in a car nearby, the gang got past two German Shepherd dogs to the back door, which they forced open.
Jason and Susan, who own Lin's Take Away in Castleblaney, were working when the raid happened.
Inside the house were Tina Lin, who is married to Jason's brother Simon, and a 36-year-old Polish woman who helps with child-minding duties, as well as five children aged from 12 down to less than a year.
The gang, who wore hoodies and gloves, threatened the women and children and demanded to know where any cash was kept in the house.
They tried to force the women and the five children into a single room. Tina bravely defied them and resisted their threats that she must leave her infant daughter in a bedroom and accompany them downstairs.
Simon said: "My wife does not have good English but she refused to leave the baby. That's when they hit her with the screwdriver."
Meanwhile, the 12-year-old girl managed to elude the gang and lock herself into a room to call the gardai. Mr Lin said the gang left with some cash but there was not any significant sum of money kept in the house.