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Female garda tackled man who cuffed OAPs

A vicious thug who handcuffed the lady captain of a golf club and her husband during a terrifying armed raid at their home was chased down and jumped on by a female garda.

The botched robbery took place at the Templeogue home of Sally and Jim Mountaine. Sally is the lady captain of Newlands Golf Club.

Four attackers armed with a handgun broke into the Mountaine's home at Ashfield Road just after 10am yesterday.

Ransacked

They then threatened and handcuffed the couple, who are both in their sixties.

The gang ransacked the house looking for money and valuables, and fled with a small amount of cash.

But unknown to the raiders, the alarm had been raised and gardai were on their way.

Two of the gang were arrested near the scene, while the other two escaped.

One local resident described how they witnessed one of the raiders being brought to the ground.

"I saw a guard arresting one of the men. She chased him onto the green and jumped on top of him," they explained.

Another man was arrested nearby, but two of the gang escaped -- prompting a major search involving the garda helicopter and officers from surrounding areas.

The two arrested men are being questioned at Terenure and Rathmines Garda Stations. One is aged 25 and the other is 35.

The two men are known to gardai, and come from South Circular Road and Rathmines.

A worker at the nearby Morgue pub described how he saw gardai running through a laneway that was a possible escape route at around 10.30am.

The lane links Templeville Avenue and the Templeogue Road.

"The two residents were traumatised but unharmed in the incident," said a garda spokesman.

They confirmed a small amount of cash was taken in the raid.

"It's dreadful, they are such a lovely couple and it was a horrible thing to put them through," said one local woman.

"Jim has ill-health and I saw an ambulance outside the house earlier and thought maybe something had happened to him. I think he has a heart problem," she added.

The Mountaines have two grown up children with their own families, and having been living in Templeogue for more than 20 years.

It is believed they previously ran a kiosk at Crumlin Shopping Centre before retiring.

Both Jim and Sally are said to be heavily involved in Newlands Golf Club.

The scene of the raid was sealed off for technical examination, and broken glass littered the street as gardai conducted house to house inquiries.

Anyone with any information on the raid is asked to contact Terenure garda station on 01 6666400 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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