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Elderly Ballyfermot woman restrained thug who tried to rob her home for the third time


A terrified 95-year-old pensioner bravely restrained a gang member as they attempted to burgle her home for the third time within two years on Thursday.

The shocking incident happened in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin night when the woman heard a noise from the front door.

Believing it was be a member of her family, the woman opened the door only to be met by two women who pushed her out of the way and went on to ransack the house.

Their accomplice remained in a car outside the house keeping the engine running.

A quick-thinking neighbour, who was relaxing watching TV, heard the commotion and told his wife to contact the Gardaí before running across the road.

However, the thieves met their match when the 70-year-old neighbour and the elderly woman held one of crooks on the ground and managed to take back the cash they had grabbed from the house.

The brave pensioners took a note of the getaway car’s registration and also retained a coat belonging to one of the women, which will assist Gardaí in their investigation.

The family of the elderly woman, who wish to remain anonymous in fear the criminals will come knocking on their door, believe their mother is lucky to be alive.

Her concerned son told the Sunday World: “This morning she was still shook. She didn’t get over it and she won’t get over it for a little while. She’s a tough woman. I don’t know how she managed to hold on to somebody and pull the jacket off them.

“She could have been killed… she was lucky.”

This is the third time the woman, who lives alone, has been targeted by thugs.

In December 2013, thugs managed to flee the scene with €6,000 worth of money and antiques. A golden guinea, a coin made of gold and minted between 1663 and 1814, worth an estimated €2,000 was previously stolen, along with €4,000 in cash.

The family believe it is same criminals who are terrorising the elderly woman.

“They’re coming back thinking they will always get money.  Since it happened three years ago, one of us visit her every evening just to give her a bit of company. She’s a very independent woman and wants to stay in her home,” her son added.

Martin Grant