Tuesday 16 January 2018

Pensioner put in hospital by brutal mugging at home

Anita Guidera

AN 88-year-old pensioner was viciously assaulted in his own home in Sligo by an intruder wearing a balaclava.

The attack came a day after a nurse was mugged on her way to work in another part of the town, which has seen a spate of assaults recently.

Hughie Harte was knocked to the ground at his Abbeyville Park home and robbed of his wallet, which contained a substantial amount of money.

Mr Harte was taken to Sligo General Hospital where his condition was described as stable.

The 30-year-old nurse was mugged by two hooded men on Thursday morning .

The mayor of Sligo, Matt Lyons, last night said the assaults, especially after the murder of 60-year-old Cyril Moran less than two weeks ago, were very worrying for the town's community. "These incidents on consecutive days are very upsetting. It's particularly worrisome that a young nurse on her way to work was mugged and an elderly gentleman was attacked in his home."

Meanwhile, in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, an elderly retired nurse was mugged and seriously injured.

Anna McDaid was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder at McClure's Terrace on Tuesday at around 5pm.

And a 49-year-old father-of-three was described as "serious but stable" in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, yesterday following an assault in the city centre on Thursday night.

John 'Gerry' Goodwin, from Garrison, Co Fermanagh, sustained head injuries in an attack close to Stephen Street car park.

Gardai appealed for witnesses to the attack, which occurred as a result of a dispute between two men at around 9.30pm.

Irish Independent

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