Wednesday 17 January 2018

Teen and two men arrested over aggravated burglary at home of man (94) beaten with stick

Jimmy Campion (inset) was attacked when two men broke into his home on Sunday night
Jimmy Campion (inset) was attacked when two men broke into his home on Sunday night
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have arrested three men over a horror burglary at the home of an elderly couple in North Tipperary earlier this month.

Raiders broke into the home of Jimmy Campion in Roscrea, Co Tipperary late on May 7 and beat him with his own walking stick.

Jimmy and Maura Campion
Jimmy and Maura Campion

Mr Campion and his wife Maura (87) were left traumatised after the two men broke in through a side window of their home at 11.45pm on the Sunday night.

A quantity of cash was taken in the aggravated burglary.

Independent.ie has learned that gardaí arrested a 28-year-old man in South Dublin on Monday and he is currently being held at a station in North Tipperary under Section 30 of the Offences against the state act.

Earlier today, gardaí carried out two further arrests.

A 34-year-old man and a 17-year-old male were arrested in South Dublin and they are also detained at Garda stations in North Tipperary. They are being questioned under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

The attack on the Campions home caused outrage when news emerged earlier this month.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the attack as “unforgiveable in so many ways”.

He described the robbery as an “act of cowardice” and “wanton brutality” carried out by “thugs”.

The Taoiseach was responding to comments from Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae who told the Dáil those responsible should be “tagged for life”.

“These people are scumbags. They are the worse type of cowardly blaggards that God ever put on this world,” he said.

“Two men attacked him. They broke his walking stick over his head. They ransacked his house, they stole his money. This type of behaviour from any human being should not be tolerated.”

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