Limerick, Ireland (4E Sports) – Authorities believe that drug addicts were responsible for the attack on the father of Ireland and Leinster rugby star Eoin Reddan in his home.
Investigators are facing a blank wall because of lack a description of the masked raider who broke into widower Don Reddan’s home on the outskirts of Limerick Thursday.
However, investigators said the robbery, in which Mr Reddan was roughed up before being bound and tied to a chair, fits a pattern associated with drug addicts who are known to have carried out other robberies in the area.
The lone robber, who wore a balaclava, escaped with a small sum of money. It is believed he had an accomplice who drove him from the scene.
“People are very mindful here. There are 4,000 homes here and people are very mindful of this. People were breaking into houses all the time, then there was a lull and now it’s happening again,” said Parish priest Fr Michael Noonan, whose own parochial house was robbed last year.
“Somebody broke into the parish house last year. There was no one in at the time. We saw him going in and coming out on the CCTV. A guard rang later to say the man had been caught and gone to prison,” he added.
Noonan said the series of robberies and attacks could be blamed on drug use.
“I gather a great deal of it has to do with drugs. Drugs are a perennial problem and they need money to keep going. They are serial offenders. What happened shows the evil of drugs,” the priest said.