Latest: Elderly victim of 'vicious assault' during burglary in Roscrea named locally

Latest: Elderly victim of 'vicious assault' during burglary in Roscrea named locally
A file photo of Jimmy Campion. Pic: Press 22.

Update - 6.25pm: The elderly victim of an aggravated burglary in Co. Tipperary and his wife have been named locally.

They are 94-year-old Jimmy Campion and his wife Maura who is in her 80s.

Gardaí said the elderly victim was "viciously assaulted".

The pensioner sustained "head injuries" when assaulted after two raiders broke into his home located off the Old Dublin Road, a short distance from Roscrea town.

"They broke in and gave him a belt on the back of the head," a garda source said.

The victim was being treated at Midlands Regional Hospital, Portloaise, where his condition was stable today.

Tipperary politician Eddie Moran described the assault as "disgraceful", and called for "tagging" of anyone caught breaking and entering.

The independent county councillor said: "This kind of thing is happening all over the country, and the penalties (for these crimes) are too lenient."

"Anyone caught breaking into a person's home, or, who interferes with elderly people like this, should be electronically tagged," he said.

Cllr Moran described the justice system as "all wrong".

"I'm calling on our justice system to be changed."

Mr Moran said, in his opinion, criminals are too used to a "revolving door" justice system, and they should be electronically tagged after serving their sentences, so gardaí can track them.

"They know only too well that they'll get a slap on the wrist," he said.

"They should be tagged. Gardaí are doing their best, and the gardaí in Roscrea are actually doing a great job...but the resources just aren't there."

Cllr Moran said there was not enough gardaí working out of Roscrea garda station, but acknowledged it was open 24 hours.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Press Office said: "Roscrea Garda Station is a 24-hour station, open seven days a week."

The spokeswoman added: "For operational reasons we cannot comment on what the total compliment of Gardaí in a station, on a day to day basis, would be."

Latest: Elderly victim of 'vicious assault' during burglary in Roscrea named locally

Cllr Moran described the elderly husband and wife as "very quiet people".

"They would always sit outside the house and wave at you as you would pass by."

"They live in a lovely area with around five or six houses. Its a quiet area, about one kilometre from (Roscrea) town centre."

"Its a shocking thing to happen," he added.

Earlier: Age Action Ireland are reminding people about the importance of checking in on your elderly neighbours.

It comes after an attack on a man in his 90s at his home in Roscrea, County Tipperary last night.

The man received head injuries, and is being treated in Portlaoise.

Two men broke into his house through a side window, and a quantity of cash was stolen. The man's wife, who is in her 80s, was unharmed.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy at Age Action Ireland, says it vitally important to keep an eye on elderly neighbours.

He said: "If you're living near someone who is an older person, and you have the opportunity, please check in on them, please get involved in their lives and let them know there is someone looking out for them.

"The best way to deter criminals is to have good neighbours, to have people coming in to check on those who are living next to them who need that little bit of support.

"It is a tremendous comfort to older people and it can help to deter crime."

Latest: Elderly victim of 'vicious assault' during burglary in Roscrea named locally

He also said older people around the country are living in fear.

“This attack in Roscrea shows the evidence for the fear that so many older people have living in rural communities – particularly since the closure of a number of garda stations – that they could be vulnerable to these kinds of attacks.”

“We really need to see from An Garda Síochána a strategy for older people – the last strategy was from 2010, it needs to be updated.

“We need to ensure that we are protecting those older people that might be a little bit more vulnerable because they are living alone.”

The incident on the Dublin Road, Roscrea in County Tipperary was reported to gardaí at 11:40pm last night, May 7.

The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination and the investigation is on-going.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to contact Roscrea Garda Station on 0505 24230.


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