A man was immersed in bath water and had petrol poured over him during a terrifying armed robbery in Co Tyrone, it emerged today.
The victim was also hit on the face and tied up during the ordeal at his home in Ballygrooby Road, Moneymore, yesterday afternoon.
A gang of two robbers escaped with bank cards, three firearms, ammunition, foreign money and a gold watch.
The suited, shaven-headed intruders drove off in a silver people-carrier.
Meanwhile, a couple in their 80s were punched and shoved during a violent robbery at their Derry home.
The pensioners were confronted by an assailant who cornered them in their living room, snatched money and bus passes and calmly walked away from the Waterside premises.
The shocked husband fled the Dungiven Road house in a desperate appeal for help but had to watch the intruder make his escape towards Spencer Road.
Foyle Assemblyman Willie Hay said there was a culture targeting society’s most vulnerable members.
“Some of these incidents are becoming more and more violent and that is very worrying,” he said.
“Unfortunately there are people out there and it doesn’t matter who their target is as long as they get what they want.”
The perpetrator, aged in his mid-30s, was wearing a dark scarf over his mouth, a woollen hat and a zipped-up jacket.
Mr Hay added: “It doesn’t really seem to matter what age the people are. They seem to be going for the most vulnerable in society and that is the tragedy of this.
“Whoever was responsible knew exactly what age these people were. These attacks are well-planned and it is concerning that once again we are seeing these kind of violent incidents in the city.”