A couple in their 60s were subjected to a terrifying hammer attack in their home at Merton Park, The Tenters, Dublin 8. Gardaí in Kevin Street are searching for two men who entered the couple’s home on a quiet street on Saturday night at about 11.30 pm.
The pair broke their way into the couple’s south inner-city home, armed with hammers. They then proceeded to assault both the man and the woman, leaving them seriously injured. An attempt was made to steal the couple’s car.
The injured couple were taken to St James’s Hospital where they are being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. A short time after the aggravated burglary in Dublin 8, the same men are believed to have attempted to rob a man in the Walkinstown area. The men are believed to have travelled in a white Ford Transit Connect van.
Gardaí told Nova.ie this morning that they are still appealing for information and for witnesses who may have seen or have dashcam footage from the Merton Park or Tenters area from Saturday 21st November between 11.15 and 11.45 pm. The white Ford Transit Connect, partial registration 06D, with a roof rack, may have been driven erratically in the area between 10.30 pm and midnight. The suspects may have been seen acting suspiciously in The Tenters area in the hours or days preceding the attack.
The two chief suspects, who are known to Gardaí, are believed to have encountered the Guards later on Saturday night but they were not apprehended. They have since gone to ground. Garda searches are being carried out in the Dublin 12 area in an effort to locate the suspects and the van.
A Garda spokesman said, “This was a serious attack on an innocent couple who are in a bad way now and Gardaí are anxious to find those involved.”
Anyone with information can contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1 800 666 111.