Pensioner chased burglar away with a hatchet

A pensioner chased a burglar out of her home with a hatchet that she had brought to bed for protection.

Ann McFadden was at her home in Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal, when the incident took place.

Matthew Lafferty, aged 21, kicked in her bedroom door and said, “Don’t worry, it’s only Matthew.”

However, the 69-year-old chased Lafferty out of her home on Jan 18 last.

She called gardaí, giving them a description of Lafferty as well as the fact he identified himself by name.

Garda Brendan Roche went to Lafferty’s home just 1km away, at Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, and found Lafferty rummaging through Ms McFadden’s floral handbag.

He was arrested but could not be interviewed for hours because he was under the influence of intoxicants.

The court heard Lafferty is currently serving a five-year sentence for aggravated burglary. Judge O’Hagan sentenced Lafferty to three years on the charges of burglary and criminal damage, to run concurrently.


Lifestyle

Helen O’Callaghan on the dangers of products high in caffeine.The dangers of energy drinks full of sugar

When bride-to-be Alma Clohessy enlisted her mother Rita’s help in planning her wedding, they made the most of every precious moment together.Wedding of the Week: 'It was the best, yet most emotional day of my life'

As you may be aware, new rules around motor insurance documentation have been introduced. The rules are aimed at improving transparency for consumers but a broker is warning they may have unintended consequences and could cause some confusion among policy holders.Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

When Peter Ryan lost 90% of his vision in his early 20s, his readjustment was emotionally painful, but maturing, says Helen O’CallaghanA new way of seeing the world: Peter Ryan talks about losing 90% of his sight in his early 20s

More From The Irish Examiner