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Gang of thugs said they were going to electrocute me in bath, says victim of Moira burglary ordeal

By Joanne Fleming

A father-of-three who was tied up and threatened with electrocution during a robbery at his home has spoken about his horrific ordeal.

The man, who was also beaten with a hammer and kicked in the face by a group of masked men, was attacked in front of his wife and three young children at their Moira home on Saturday evening.

The man, who has asked not to be named, was speaking yesterday as his family prepared to spend the night away from their home in the rural Drumbane Road area.

Four masked men carrying knives and a hammer entered the unlocked back door of the property shortly before 8pm, demanding money and tying up the man and another male relative visiting at the time with cable ties.

The rest of the family were forced into a room, as were two other relatives who called to the house as the robbery was taking place. The gang escaped with more than £1,000 in cash, a car, electrical items and jewellery.

It is believed two other gang members remained outside the house during the incident.

With a black eye, and his wrists still marked by cable ties, the man showed bruising to his back left by the hammer assault.

He said his first instinct was to "grab the kids" when the back door suddenly opened and the gang entered.

"I didn't have time to think, it all happened in seconds," he said, explaining that his family was herded into a back room. "They wanted money. They kept shouting: 'Where's the money, where's the money?'

"They kicked me in the face and hit me with the hammer multiple times. They kept telling me to move, but I couldn't because they had tied me up and then they hit me."

The victim said he was particularly frightened when he heard the robbers talking about opening up a car boot, worrying that they were planning to kidnap his children.

"The time it hit me was when they left me tied up for a bit and I started thinking about it," he said.

"They filled the bath with cold water. They said they were going to electrocute me in the bath."

Despite the horror of being forced into the bath, he realised when the gang spent time looking for a plug that they hadn't planned their assault carefully.

"I don't think any of them knew what they were doing," he said. "They were eejits."

He added: "They even emptied the children's money box. Scumbags is too good a word for them. They made a mistake by leaving their hammer behind, so hopefully police will get something from that."

Despite being left shocked by the violent attack, the man said his wife and children were recovering well.

He said he had no idea why he was targeted, apart from the fact he runs a small business locally.

"We have had no bother here," he said. "You would think everybody would be taken up with watching X Factor at that time on a Saturday evening."

The man added that it took half an hour for a response to his 999 call. While he accepts he lives in a rural area, he said it was a frightening wait.

All six gang members were described by police as being dressed in dark-coloured jackets, tracksuits and trainers.

They all wore woollen gloves, with balaclavas covering their faces. Four of them are approximately 5ft 8ins-11ins tall and of slim build.

One burglar is much shorter and the last one is over 6ft tall, of heavy build with grey hair.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the blue Volkswagen Golf car stolen is asked to contact Lisburn police station on 0845 600 8000.

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"They hit me with the hammer multiple times. They kept telling me to move but I couldn't because they had tied me up and then they hit me. They filled the bath with cold water. They said they were going to electrocute me in the bath. They even emptied the children's moneybox. Scumbags is too good a word for them. They made a mistake by leaving their hammer behind." – Robbery victim

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