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'They stole my sons' Christmas presents from the last four years' - mum's years of hell at the hands of teenage thugs

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Michelle Kinehan in the living room of her home (where she sleeps each night). Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin

Michelle Kinehan in the living room of her home (where she sleeps each night). Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin

Michelle Kinehan at the smashed patio front door of her home in Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin

Michelle Kinehan at the smashed patio front door of her home in Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin

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Michelle Kinehan in the living room of her home (where she sleeps each night). Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin

A mother whose home was broken into while she brought her three children to see Santa has described the hell her family has endured for the past four years.

Michelle Kinehan (35) suspects a group of local hoodlums are to blame for the burglary at the Tallaght property as well as countless other violent incidents over the last number of years.

The burglars broke in through a downstairs window while she and her three sons - aged 15, 7 and 6 - visited Santa.

They made off with a PlayStation, a laptop, Christmas presents and money that Ms Kinehan had been saving up to buy presents.

The thugs also defecated in her front garden, dragging the excrement through her house as they ransacked it.

"When I got home I realised the door was jarred, and when I got into the house I realised their was a strange smell off the rug.

"I couldn't believe they actually went to the toilet in my front garden, and then dragged it into my house," she said.

"They stole my sons' Christmas presents from the last four years, and also robbed the money I'd saved up for this Christmas," Ms Kinehan added.

VANDALISM

Speaking to the Herald, she revealed the extent of the vandalism she has faced since moving into the Fettercairn estate four years ago.

"It all started literally from day one when I moved in. My car was broken into while I was moving here, and they managed to get the address of the house I was moving from, and they broke into that," she said.

"Over the years I've had eggs, pebbles and bricks thrown at the house. Only last week a brick was thrown through my front porch window," Ms Kinehan explained.

"I've bought benches for my front garden but they've dragged them out onto the street and literally burnt them out in front of my house.

"One morning I woke up to find the four tyres gone off my car, and the car just left on the road.

"I was going to put cameras in but that's not going to stop them putting a brick or even a shotgun pellet through my front window," she added.

The mother has been sleeping in her downstairs living room couch for over two years, afraid of somebody breaking into the house in the middle of the night.

"Physically and emotionally I can't cope with it anymore. I don't feel safe in my own house, I know there's people out there with nothing and I've a roof over my head, but that's all it is. It's not a home anymore. It's a living hell."

Ms Kinehan also explained how people rarely visit her anymore due to the fear of having their cars damaged if they park in the estate.

"My friends, my brother-in-law, they don't come to visit me because they're afraid of what's going to happen to their cars outside."

When local councillor's Charlie O'Connor (inset) and Mick Duff visited the mother to try and assist her, their cars were also broken into, and a laptop was robbed.

A subsequent search of a house on Kilmartin Park lead to the retrieval of the laptop, as well as the discovery of a stolen motorbike and other robbed goods. A 17-year-old was arrested.

DAMAGE

Speaking about the damage to the cars, Mr O'Connor said the attack was a direct attempt to intimidate the two councillors and Ms Kinehan.

"They saw us going into the house and they knew why we were there. They smashed our car windows in an attempt to intimidate councillor Duff and myself, as well as Michelle," he said.

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