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Gardai Appeal Following Attack On Elderly Couple

Thursday, 11 May 2017

GARDAÍ in North Tipperary have issued an appeal for information to aid their investigation into an aggravated burglary, which left a 94-year-old man from Roscrea hospitalised last weekend.
The man and his 87-year-old wife were assaulted at their home on the Old Dublin Road in Roscrea, when two men broke into their small home through a side window at 11.40p.m. on Sunday night (May 7th).
After threatening the elderly couple and physically assaulting the man with his walking stick, a very well-known and respected elderly gentleman in the town, the two men left with a quantity of cash, leaving the man with head injuries.
The local man, who worked for many years in a large factory in Roscrea, is said to be making a good recovery at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, but he and his wife are left very traumatised following the attack.
Neighbours were shocked by the news, which happened in a busy area of the town where older set houses line what was the main Dublin road from Roscrea's town centre.
Locals are baffled why the elderly couple were targeted, in what appears to be an opportunist crime by thieves in an area that is well patrolled by local Gardai, due to its close proximity to Roscrea's 24-hour Garda Station and location directly on a busy route where the old N7 and N62 roads intersect.
It is the second time the elderly couple's home has been targeted by thieves and it is believed in this instance the intruders accessed the building, which is located across the street from the former Christian Brothers School, though a window overlooking a lane adjacent to the home, out of view of passing motorists using the busy Old Dublin Road.
Roscrea based Councillor, Michael Smith (FF), said the brazen nature of the burglary and the severity of the assault on a very well known and much loved member of the community has appalled local people.
'Roscrea town woke up to the shocking news on Monday morning that this very well known elderly couple had been viciously attacked in their own home. They are very popular members of our community and for them to be treated in such a cold and callous way has left us heartbroken in Roscrea,' he said.
Speaking to Mary Wilson on RTÉ's Drive Time programme on Radio One on Monday afternoon, John Lupton, Chairman of the Roscrea Community Development Council, said that an attack on elderly people living in the community is 'an attack on the whole community.'
Mr Lupton said that elderly people in Roscrea will be very fearful after hearing of the attack and stressed that people need to think of their elderly neighbours and help them feel safe and reassured they are not alone.
On Monday night Gardai set up a checkpoint on the Old Dublin Road and interviewed passing motorists as part of their investigation, asking if they had travelled the road over the weekend and noticed any suspicious activity.
The scene of the incident was preserved for a forensic examination and the Garda investigation is on-going.
Anyone with information, or who noticed any suspicious activity, people, or vehicles in the area should contact Roscrea Garda Station, in confidence, on (0505) 24230 or visit the local Garda Station.

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