Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Masked man ‘threatened to snap woman’s fingers’

Masked men broke into the home of a young woman in Limavady and threatened to break her fingers during a terrifying attempted robbery, a court has heard.

Simon Timoney, of Leckpatrick Gardens, Artigarvan, Strabane, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment and going equipped for burglary when he appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court was told that on Friday night police found the defendant being restrained on the ground by two men at the house in Limavady after reports of an incident.

They were told that a 61-year-old man, his wife, his daughter and her husband and their 20-year-old autistic son had been in the house. The son-in-law had left and the front door was closed but unlocked.

The court heard that masked men walked into the house and asked the householder where the safe was. He told them he did not have one.

They then tied the daughter's hands with cable ties and threatened to break her fingers and her bones unless the man said where the safe was.

At this point the son-in-law arrived back and restrained the defendant with the help of his father-in-law.

The Deputy District Judge Ted Magill refused bail.

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