‘Scumbags’ target elderly sisters in their Foreglen home

Sinn Fein Councillor Tony McCaul.
Sinn Fein Councillor Tony McCaul.

A pensioner said she and her elderly sister were lucky to have escaped injury after two masked men burst into their home in Foreglen.

The terrifying ordeal occurred at the sisters’ home on the Muldonagh Road around 6.45 pm on Friday, December 9.

Muldonagh Road, Claudy.

Muldonagh Road, Claudy.

The woman told the ‘Journal’ she and her sister were sitting on the sofa, having a cup of tea, when the two masked men burst into their home.

“We just had to stay put,” said the woman, who prefers not to be identified. “They said they were looking for guns, but that was only a hoax.”

The woman said the men were “well covered up” and one of them had a bag.

She said they fled empty handed.

We’re okay. As long as we weren’t hurt

Foreglen pensioner

“My sister’s not so bad. She doesn’t keep in the best of health, but we’re alright, thank God,” she said. “We’re okay. As long as we weren’t hurt.”

The woman revealed they suffered a similar ordeal 18 years ago. She thanked all their friends and “good neighbours” who have called to see them since the incident.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor, Tony McCaul, described the incident as “disgraceful.”

“I spent some time with the two ladies and, thankfully, they are okay now, but no thanks to the low-life scumbags who carried this out,” said Colr. McCaul. “There’s a lot of anger in the community about this.”

Colr. McCaul urged people to be vigilant and look out for their neighbours, especially elderly people living on their own.

“Everyone, please be careful, especially at this time of year as there are always opportunists about looking for easy pickings.”

Police say they’re investigating a report of a burglary at a house in the Claudy area on the evening of December 9. The 
PSNI say enquiries ongoing.