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Shotgun forced in men's mouths by fake gardai

A SHOTGUN was forced into the mouths of two men by vicious intruders who threatened to blow their heads off during a terrifying home invasion.

The two men and their wives endured a terrifying ordeal when they were attacked by a gang imitating gardai.

The four-man gang, one of whom was wearing what appeared to be a garda stab vest, gained entry to a home in Dublin and demanded that the couples give them a large amount of cash.

They tied up a 13-year-old girl and both couples with cable-ties. The terrified schoolgirl was locked in a bedroom along with a six-year-old child during the horrifying raid at the house in Finglas.

Tricked

The gang also threatened the two women with knives.

Gardai said the thugs mistakenly assumed that the two Filipino couples were involved in the restaurant trade and believed the couples had access to a large amount of cash.

But they actually work in the health care sector and they desperately tried to explain to the brutal burglars they had no sums of cash. The criminals tricked their way into the home at Heathfield Way, off Cappagh Road when one of the men, who appeared to be dressed like a garda, arrived at their front door at around 10.30pm on Thursday night.

The thug appeared to be wearing a garda stab-vest and other members of the gang wore yellow fluorescent jackets resembling garda clothing.

Once the front door was opened, the gang entered the home and produced a shotgun and a knife. They threatened to kill both couples. They forced the shotgun into the mouths of the terrified men before finally leaving the family home with a very small sum of cash.

The thugs drove away from the scene in a dark Opel Insignia car which they had stolen in Ashbourne, Co Meath. The car was found later by gardai.

The house is owned by one of the couples. They have a six-year-old child. The visiting couple had their 13-year-old daughter with them.

Though a case of mistaken identity, the violent home invasion is the latest in a long line of attacks by gangs at the homes of owners of Asian restaurants.

Garda Superintendent John Quirke said the families were "terrified" and "extremely traumatised" by the brutal crime.

investigation

Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have seen the stolen car or who may have seen anything that could assist the investigation to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500,

"They are a really lovely family. They are really quiet and always say hello. I can't believe this has happened to them," said neighbour Joy Reynolds (32), a mother-of-three.

"It's terrible. I looked out my window last night and saw all the police cars," said a local woman.

"I hope the guards find whoever did this and throw away the key," said another neighbour. "They were the first to welcome me when I moved in."

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