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Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed her home

Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed her home

Solicitor Gerald Kean, whose fiancee Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed their home

Solicitor Gerald Kean, whose fiancee Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed their home

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Lisa Murphy was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed her home

The fiancee of a high-profile solicitor was tied up and threatened at knifepoint after four masked men robbed their home.

Lisa Murphy had just arrived at the house she shared with Gerald Kean in Three Mile Water, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, shortly after 8pm on Thursday when the gang members jumped on her from behind.

They demanded her engagement rings from Mr Kean and her ex-lover, Riverdance star Michael Flatley, before raiding the safe and stealing valuable jewellery, including necklaces, brooches and earrings. Mr Kean was in Dublin but returned home when he was unable to make contact with Ms Murphy.

Recalling the moment he entered the house, he said: "I heard a scream and she begged me 'Please come'. I knew there was an accident and I ran upstairs and then I saw her bound as she was. So I was in an awful state of shock."

Ms Murphy had arrived home shortly after 8pm and, as she entered the house, the gang, armed with two knives, rushed in after her.

"She turned off the alarm and, as she turned around, she saw a shadow of one of four men who immediately rushed in after her, threw her to the ground and then immediately tied her hands behind her back with that black, heavy plastic tape," said Mr Kean. "It was very tight."

The gang, in their late 20s/early 30s, with country accents, demanded that Ms Murphy give up her engagement rings before ripping one of them from her finger, cutting her in the process. They also demanded the code for the safe and hit her on the back of the head before clearing out the safe and fleeing.

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Ms Murphy was seen by a doctor and ambulance crew, but she was not taken to hospital.

Gardai have appealed for anyone with information who was in the area between 7pm and 9pm or in the week leading up to the burglary and may have seen suspicious activity to come forward.

Initial garda estimates put the value of the stolen jewellery at about one million euro, but it is thought the real figure could be lower. Mr Kean said the value of the jewellery was well over 100,000 euro, but he said they were not covered by insurance.


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