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25/09/2021

Men convicted for crime that 'shocked' the nation were first spotted by Gardai near Monasterevin

M8_M7_interchange_May   The men who committed the crime that 'shocked an entire' nation were near Monasterevin when Gardai spotted them and followed them in a high-speed chase. Prison terms of 12- 20 years have been imposed on seven Dublin men who admitted carrying out a violent burglary on the home of a young Tipperary family. At Clonmel District court, yesterday, Judge Thomas Teehan described the effects of the burglary as 'catastrophic.' The court heard how the 'terrified screams' of the family's young daughters, ranging in ages from eight to two, could be heard by Gardai during a 999 call made by their mother as the burglary was taking place, during the early hours of November 21st, 2013. The youngest daughter, was awake during the incident and was found in her cot, 'rocking herself and her teddy' and 'shaking with fear.' Two stolen vehicles from the family's home were spotted by Gardai travelling at high speed between the M7/M8 toll plaza and Monastervin. One car managed to escape, but Gardai stopped the other,and five men were arrested at 4.25a.m. By coincidence, the victim's brother, spotted the other car later on the motorway in Co Kildare, and alerted Gardai. Following a high -speed chase, in which the stolen car weaved through traffic at Newlands Cross, the two men were arrested.  

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