Boy 'threatened to cut off mum's fingers' in raid

Raiders armed with knives threatened to chop off a woman's fingers in front of her young son and told her they would do the same to the boy during a traumatising burglary, a court has heard

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, was yesterday refused bail after he was charged in connection with the incident at a house in Citywest, Dublin.

He is accused of aggravated burglary, at Belfry Green, on November 11 and he is also charged with unlawfully travelling as a passenger in a stolen vehicle on the same date.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne told Judge John Coughlan at Dublin District Court that he was objecting to bail due to fears witnesses would be intimidated.

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He told Judge Coughlan a woman, in her mid-30s, had been at home with her 10-year-old son when she heard a loud bang outside her home at 7.50am.

She tried to hold her front door shut but five males gained entry. "She was then dragged to the kitchen by two or three males who tried to tie her hands with cables ties, one took a meat cleaver, the second took a steak knife," said Gda Kilcoyne.

He said the gang put her hand flat on to a counter and threatened to cut her fingers off while the "injured party's son was in her arms". They then threatened to do the same to the boy.

They threatened to kill her and her son if she did not tell them where money was kept.

Gda Kilcoyne said that the boy admitted his role was to search the house. A phone, iPad, a laptop, a BMW car and €30,800 were taken during the terrifying incident which lasted 20 minutes, the court heard.Just the car and the phone have been recovered to date.

"This is a complex investigation that might lead to further arrests," the Garda said. A 17-year-old boy had been remanded in custody last week.

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