Victim feared being raped in parochial house raid

House in Burt ransacked, safe stolen, 2,500 euro missing.

House in Burt ransacked, safe stolen, 2,500 euro missing.

A woman attacked in St Aengus parochial house feared she would be raped and killed by three armed robbers according to the local priest.

Derry born priest Father Gerry Sweeney was yesterday helping a personal friend come to terms with what he described as a “frightening attack.” The incident occurred at St Aengus Parochial House early on Wednesday evening.

The callous thieves made off with more than E2, 000 after smashing their way into the house. Three men smashed in the priest’s back door before demanding the where-abouts and combination of the safe. Father Sweeney explains: “It was a terrible ordeal. She was threatened with a screw driver and dragged around the house as they searched for a safe. The three assailants were unmasked, my friend feared she would be raped and killed.”

Father Sweeney had left the parochial house at 6.45 to celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass. “Three men then forced their way in before threatening to hurt her with a screwdriver or drive seven inch length nails into her eyes. She was dragged around the house as they shouted, ‘Where is the safe?’

“She didn’t know there was a safe here so she feared the worst.” Eventually the men locked the lady in a bathroom before ransacking the house searching for a safe, “It was the most violent thing she has ever experienced,” said Father Sweeney, who returned home shortly after 8pm to free his friend. The thieves had already made off with a personal safe containing the key to parish records and baptismal books, a First Trust personal cheque book In the name of Rev. Sweeney, a Fahan Parish Bank of Ireland cheque book, a few sets of keys and the cash.

“The safe contained a few donations of 1,000 euro,” explained Fr. Sweeney. Gardai have confirmed they are investigating.