A DEFENCELESS 83-year-old man was the victim of a cowardly attack which netted his assailants a paltry £25 at his isolated west Wicklow home least weekend.
The elderly tenant, who walks with the aid of a stick, was roughed up by three men who entered his house and demanded money during broad daylight last Saturday.
He was alerted to the intruder by the sound of his dog barking at 2.40 p.m. in the afternoon and went to the front door where he was confronted by three men, two of whom are thought to have been in their twenties and the other man in his fifties.
The gang pushed the victim back inside the house and demanded money from him, knocking him to the ground when he refused to hand over anything of value.
In the course of the attack the men searched their victim’s pockets and burnt his walking stick in a kitchen fire before ransacking his house.
They made off a short time later with £25 in cash and one or two personal items.
The same gang were also spotted that same day at other locations in Blessington.
They appeared to have made their getaway in a car bearing English registration plates.
Blessington Gardai are investigating the case.