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Raiders who tied up Lisa in €1.5m jewels robbery strike again

THE GANG behind the €1.5m jewel raid on socialite Lisa Murphy have struck again.

The suspects who carried out the terrifying robbery on Lisa's Wicklow home have now attempted a second violent raid in Dublin, it is believed.

The mob who targeted the home Lisa shares with celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean, broke into a house in Rathgar last week and tied the occupants with cable ties.

The four-man gang are also suspected of staging a similar raid in Rathmines last year.

Stashed

As detectives hunted the raiders, Gerald Kean told the Herald that he believes the gang still have his fiancee Lisa's jewellry stashed away.

"I've still heard nothing and as far as I know, the jewellry is still hidden away somewhere. But the investigation is ongoing," Gerald said.

"Lisa is getting there but it will take a while," he added.

Mr Kean added that there was “still no word” on whether his fiancee's belongings would be recovered.

“It would be great if the robbers were caught and I'm very confident in everything the gardai are doing,” he added.

The suspects for the raids have used handguns and knives in their robberies.

Hammers

In the terrifying burglary at Mr Kean’s Co Wicklow home on May 26 last his fiancee Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint by four masked men, who fled with the €1.5m stash of jewellery.

Initial investigations suggest the gang who targeted Mr Keane and Ms Murphy may also have carried out a raid on a property at Brighton Avenue, Rathgar, last Tuesday week.

In that incident, on July 26, four armed men burst into a home and tied the occupants with cable ties.

Detectives think that the terrifying incident, which was over in minutes, was a case of mistaken identity and that the raiders targeted the wrong house. One member of the gang was armed with a handgun and the others with hammers and knives.

They forced their way into the house on Brighton Avenue at about 6.15pm.

It is understood some of the gang wore wigs when they called to the front door and made threats.

A source explained: “The gang were shouting ‘give us your drugs and money’.”

However, the innocent occupants of the house told the mob that they had neither drugs nor cash. When another housemate arrived, the raiders panicked and fled. Gardai are still hunting for the men.

Two months earlier, on May 26, Ms Murphy was ambushed by raiders as she entered her home on May 26, at Drayton Manor, Brittas Bay.

They held her at knifepoint, threatened her, gagged her and tied her to a chair, demanding she give them her jewellery as well as demanding access to the safe.

The items taken included a €500,000 diamond Cartier engagement ring from Ms Murphy's former fiancee Michael Flatley, as well as her priceless antique ring from Mr Kean.

Leads

Images of the jewellery taken in the raid were shown by gardai on RTE's Crimecall last month in the hope of uncovering fresh leads. The Kean raiders are also suspected of involvement in a third raid last year – or a jewellry robbery in Rathmines.

Hundreds of thousands of euro of uninsured jewellery was stolen in that raid.


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