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Gang used hook to torture frail widower in his 70s during raid

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 03/09/2015

The three men thought to be behind the attack have been branded
The three men thought to be behind the attack have been branded "callous criminals"

A criminal gang is believed to have tortured an elderly disabled man with a hook during a terrifying robbery.

The police branded the three men thought to be behind the “vile and terrifying attack” on the Co Armagh man as “callous criminals” as they appealed for more witnesses to come forward.

Grandfather Eugene Carr was reported to have sustained multiple serious stab wounds with a sharp implement that police now believe may been a hook.

The frail widower remains in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

While his family pray for his recovery, police are waiting for Mr Carr, who is in his 70s, to regain consciousness and hopefully shed light on his attackers’ identities.

Mr Carr was known to have required the aid of a specially-adapted car to travel as he had great difficulty walking. He’s the father of several grown-up children as well as being a grandfather.

It’s understood that an undisclosed sum of money was taken after the men burst into Mr Carr’s home in Clogharevan Park in Bessbrook around 2.30am on Monday.

Detectives investigating the violent aggravated burglary have renewed their appeal for information.

Detective Inspector David Henderson said: “We have heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and we are grateful for their help. However, we are keen to speak to others who have not yet come forward.

“We know from CCTV that there were several vehicles travelling on the McShanes Road at around the time the three men made their escape from the gentleman’s home.

“I would like to appeal specifically to any motorist who was travelling on that stretch of road between 1.30am and 3.30am and who may have seen the three men or anything else that could be useful to investigators.”

He added: “This was a vile and terrifying attack on a vulnerable man in his own home in the dead of night and we want to identify the callous criminals responsible and bring them to justice.”

Last night Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew urged people to come forward with information.

“We need to get these people caught and off the streets,” she said.

“I can’t believe there are people capable of hurting an elderly disabled man in this way.”

Mrs Mulgrew stressed that Mr Carr kept a low profile in the town and was a “man who kept himself to himself”.

“It’s difficult to know why this happened to him. Mr Carr was not known to the police for ever bringing any complaint against anyone or having a complaint made against him,” she said.

“He was seriously assaulted in his own home and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Detectives have asked that anyone who can assist in the investigation in anyway to contact them at Ardmore Reactive and Organised Crime on the non-emergency number 101 or alternatively to contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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