Friday 22 November 2019

Woman robbed twice won't give in to thugs

Regina Sweeney, who was assaulted at her home for a second time
Regina Sweeney, who was assaulted at her home for a second time

Caroline Crawford

A WOMAN who was violently robbed twice in her own home has vowed not to let her attackers win.

Regina Sweeney (36, pictured), of Breaffy, Castlebar, Co Mayo, is determined to keep her bridal boutique business open despite being targeted twice in two months.

Ms Sweeney, a friend of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, was attacked in her home on Wednesday afternoon by raiders who bound and gagged her.

It came just over two months after a previous incident in which raiders cracked her cheekbone.

Ms Sweeney's family fear she may have been targeted again after speaking out about the first incident.

Her mother, Kathleen Coady, told the Irish Independent that the trauma of the latest attack would stay with her daughter for a long time.

"She's sore and she's shaken up and a bit emotional," she said. "She spoke out because she felt so many people were being terrorised in their homes, but if this is what she got for that, it's a sad state the country is in."

Ms Sweeney, who is married to Det Gda Declan Sweeney, was home alone at the time of the incident.

She opened the door to two masked men who tied her to the stairs and hit her. They fled when Ms Sweeney managed to sound a panic button.

"They weren't there long," said Ms Coady, who added that her daughter has said she will not be cowed.

"She managed to reach her alarm just before they went to pull it off her," she said.

Irish Independent

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