03/09/2004

Castledawson family suffer terrifying robbery ordeal

A Co Derry family are recovering today after a gang of armed robbers forced their way into their home and threatened to electrocute them with a stun gun.

The incident occurred at around 10.30pm last night when three masked men forced their way into the house on Main Street in Castledawson.

Local businessman Ronnie Doey, along with his wife and three teenage sons, were tied up during the ordeal and money was demanded.

The assailants then used a stun gun on Mr Doey and threatened to put him into the bath and electrocute him. One of his sons was subsequently put into the bath and threatened with a stun gun.

Local representatives have strongly condemned the robbery - which took place on the eve of Prince Charles's visit to the town.

UUP Mid-Ulster MLA Billy Armstrong said that last night's "brutal attack" was evidence of a "dramatic increase" in robberies on homes and businesses throughout Northern Ireland.

Mr Armstrong also called on the Chief Constable to provide "adequate resources" to preserve the safety of the public.

Anyone with any information has been urged to come forward.

(MMcG/GMCG)

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