An elderly Cobh couple who were terrorised by an armed gang say they fear their attackers may return.
James and Mary Hamilton who live in a quiet suburb of the harbour town were woken by armed thugs on Monday 1st July attempting to raid their property.
It is alleged three masked men wielding hammers broke windows and a patio door shortly after 7:30am.
The incident believed to be a case of mistaken identity happened at the couple’s home in Michael Burke Terrace, where they have lived for over 50 years.
The couple were left badly shaken and traumatised after the attack.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal Mr Hamilton said they were both “on edge” fearing the thugs who they believe were local may return.
The retired naval chef said he was finding it difficult to sleep at night following the incident.
He said “nothing has ever happened like this before. When I reported it to the Gardaí at that time of the morning, they were already looking for them. There was also two cars not far from me burnt out.”
Mr Hamilton who severed 35 years in the Irish Navy said the thugs had a likely escape.
He said had they entered his property he was prepared to confront them.
The retired Navy Chef said he was just moments away from laying his hands on something he could use in his defence.
An online fund to help secure the property has raised almost €1200 in 24hrs.
Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred at a house in the Michael Burke Terrace area of Cobh on 1/7/19 at approximately 7:35am. It is reported that 3 males with their faces concealed allegedly armed with hammers caused damage to the front door and windows of the house. Investigations are ongoing.