How can any­one plan to rob a 100yr-old man?

Fam­ily fear Pat knew masked raiders

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY STEPHEN MAGUIRE ir­

They seemed to know he may have a few pound on him



THE fam­ily of a 100-year-old man who was robbed at his home by a gang feel he may have known his at­tack­ers.

Pat Gille­spie was left ter­ri­fied and shaken af­ter three masked men broke into the house in Stra­bane, Co Ty­rone, on Fri­day evening.

The gang gained en­try through a back door of the prop­erty at Rail­way Street be­fore tak­ing a panic alarm from around Mr Gille­spie’s neck.

Two of the men held his arms while a third went through his pock­ets and found a sum of money. The men fled with­out en­ter­ing any other rooms.

Son-in-law Danny Kelly said yes­ter­day there was a be­lief Mr Gille­spie may have known his at­tack­ers.

He added: “They seemed to know he may have a few pound on him and that’s what they went for. They were masked and didn’t say a word.

“They took the panic alarm off him very quickly and that was found on the floor later.

“We feel it’s all a bit sus­pi­cious they didn’t ran­sack the house or go through the draw­ers look­ing for more money. Pat is so well-known and he uses his elec­tric scooter around the town.

“They could have been watch­ing him and they could even know him.”

Mr Gille­spie is well­known in the bor­der town where he vis­its his late wife Eileen’s grave ev­ery day to pray.

He dab­bles in fix­ing old bikes and cars and even has a mini-trans­port mu­seum which the at­tack­ers did not dam­age. Mr Kelly said: “How can any­body plan to do such a thing to a man who is 100 years old or any­body else for that mat­ter?

“Pat is such a lovely man liv­ing out the fi­nal years of his life and hope­fully this will not af­fect him too much, but we are ob­vi­ously very wor­ried for him.

“Hope­fully the po­lice can get enough ev­i­dence to­gether to find out who did this and bring them to jus­tice.”

OR­DEAL Pat Gille­spie in his mini-mu­seum at home in Stra­bane

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