The assault occurred during an hour-long aggravated burglary at the man’s house in Ballinhowen, near Kilmallock, between 11pm last Thursday and Friday morning. The 66-year-old victim is recovering from his injuries.
Gardaí said the victim managed to escape through a window after the gang left. He raised the alarm at a neighbour’s house.
The man was “punched in the stomach” by one of the raiders. The gang stole cash and a shotgun from the farmer’s house, said gardaí.
“The poor fella was in shock. He got a punch in the stomach but he did not need to be hospitalised. It was a terrible incident,” said a garda source.
Gardaí have appealed for help in tracing the gang. Sgt Justin McCarthy, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, said: “The culprits, wearing balaclavas and head torches, forced their way into the house. They assaulted the victim and held him captive while they ransacked his house. A sum of money and other items were stolen in this burglary.
“Before leaving, the culprits locked the victim in his house and stole his mobile phone. This house is located in an isolated area which lies off the Kilmallock Killdorrery Rd.”
Gardaí have set up an incident room at Bruff Garda Station and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have noticed any unusual or suspicious activity to contact them on 061 382940 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, gardaí from Henry Street station responded to a burglary in progress at a house in Davitt St, Johnsgate, at 1.30am yesterday, and arrested a 23-year-old male at the scene.
The man will appear before the courts, gardaí said.
Gardaí in Roxboro Rd station are also investigating a burglary at Castlewell Courtbrack Ave, South Circular Rd, at approximately 8.10pm last Thursday. The culprits broke into the property by a back window and were disturbed by a third party, and fled the scene.
Three men, aged 42, 29, and 26, along with a woman, aged 26, were arrested shortly after by patrolling gardaí. All four were charged with offences relating to the burglary and will be appearing before the courts, gardaí said.
Meanwhile, gardaí have appealed for information relating to the whereabouts of a sum of cash in foreign currency, stolen during a daytime burglary at a house in Castletroy last Friday. The currency was made up of Chinese and Hong Kong banknotes.