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Dublin family left homeless after 'terrifying' hammer attack

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Lump hammers were used to smash windows
Lump hammers were used to smash windows

A DUBLIN family has been left homeless after a gang of men smashed up a house in a frightening attack.

The incident happened just after 9pm on Monday night, when two cars carrying a group of men arrived at Rosemount Glade estate in Dundrum.

They chased 16-year-old Dillon Sheridan into the south Dublin property, where his mother Cathy Moran (37) was.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, Cathy described the incident as “terrifying” and said the men were not known to her or her son.

The incident began after a silver car arrived first and two men, who were partially disguised, got out.

A red Ford Transit then pulled up almost immediately after, with five occupants who also got out of the vehicle.

Using scarves to cover their faces, the men shouted threats at Dillon and chased him into his own house, before he locked the door. The gang tried to kick in the door and smashed windows with lump hammers and a large pole.

The mother and son were upstairs in the property, where they remained while the attack was taking place.

“They chased Dillon in, and then they were trying to get into the house after him, and when they couldn’t they just started smashing the windows. It was terrifying,” said Cathy.

“I didn’t know who they were, and neither does Dillon, they had scarves over their faces and it was dark.

“I don’t know why they came looking for him either.

“I’ve no idea, but now I have no home because the council have boarded it up.”

Broken glass from the window, and wooden trim from the frames, was left scattered around the front garden of the property, which has now been sealed off by the
local authority.

Large brown metal grilles were placed over the door and windows until damage to the house can be repaired.

The suspects are described as white males, in their early 20s, who were wearing tracksuits.

The case is being investigated by Blackrock gardai.