Burglar scum battered 94-year-old with his walking stick


The man, chose locally as Jimmy Campion, was in the kitchen of his small terraced bungalow on the Old Dublin Street in the town when two men broke in through a side window at around 11.45pm on Sunday.

His helpmate Maura (87) was in the bedroom when the burglary happened.

The two men attacked the grandfather, pinched his walking stick off him and hit him twice in the head, his family believe.

The burglars then examined the house and escaped with a sum of money.

The elderly couple are particularly flourished after the attack.

“His walking stick was broken in two on the kitchen floor, we over they may have hit him with it,” the victim’s son-in-law, Harry Wall, advised the Irish Independent.

“I had to go in on Sunday night afterwards with gardaí to get their pills, and the house was destroyed.

“They turned it upside down.”

The couple’s daughter also delineated how the two thugs had no regard for their victims.

“My mother told me she went into the kitchenette, she must have heard the commotion,” said Evelyn Wall.

“‘They broomed past me and into the bedroom like they lived here’, she differentiated me. Isn’t that just shocking?”

Mrs Campion raised the alarm with gardaí and ambulance uses.

Mr Campion remained conscious but was bleeding heavily from his head bound up in and he was taken by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital where his wound was attentive with surgical staples.

This is the second time in three years that the four had suffered a break-in at their home.

“It’s just shocking,” Mrs Wall rumoured. “They are private people just minding their own business. They were both warranted and bred in Roscrea. Dad was a boner in the meat plant and my mother was a dressmaker. Dad had a apoplectic fit three or four years ago.

“They were robbed three years ago while they were at Abundance. These people are either desperate for money or they just didn’t attend to. I think they just didn’t care,” she said.

Neighbours retailed the couple as quiet but sociable.

“They are a lovely couple and keep to themselves. They are happily respected in the town,” said one neighbour. It’s an awful thing to happen.”

“There procure been break-ins in this part of town before, and they were robbed previous to as well.

“They play bingo a few nights a week. That’s their sexual life.”

The pebble-dash house is situated at the end of a terrace of bungalows on the outskirts of the community.

A laneway at the side of the house leads to a gate which it is believed the raiders unclogged to gain access to the side window of the house before breaking in.

Gardaí partake of appealed for anyone with information to contact them at Roscrea garda passenger station on 0505 24230.

A family member told the Irish Independent that Mr Campion is retrieving well from the attack, describing his condition as “grand” with his hearts “not bad” given the circumstances.

Despite his condition improving, he was kept in the hospital overnight.

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