Thief targets Rathcoole OAP and epileptic son

Burglary victim: Kenneth Duff. INNT 03-070-FP
Burglary victim: Kenneth Duff. INNT 03-070-FP
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A RATHCOOLE pensioner and his partially sighted son whose home was burgled while they were at church on Sunday evening (January 15) say they forgive those responsible for the crime.

One male, accompanied by at least one accomplice in a car waiting nearby, broke into Kenneth and Rodney Duff’s Carnreagh Bend home at around 7.30pm and stole around £200 in cash.

Mr Duff (72) was attending the evening service at Rathcoole Baptist Church when the burglar struck. But his son Rodney, who is registered blind, came home an hour earlier from a service at Rathcoole Presbyterian Church and disturbed the thief.

“I arrived home from church and found the security light wasn’t working. I opened the front door and realised that the light had been tampered with,” Rodney told the Times.

“When the police arrived later we realised that the electricity switch had been turned off at the mains and that the thief had come through the back door and had been in the living room, sitting room and bedrooms.”

The plucky 31-year-old, who also has epilepsy, attempted to apprehend the burglar, but he escaped through the front door of the house and ran down the street and around the corner.

“The assailant came down the stairs with a torch and I shouted at him to warn him that I’m trained in judo. I tried to put him in a hold, but he brushed past me and ran out the door,” Rodney said.

The Duffs’ neighbour, 74-year-old Harry Taylor, gave chase, but the burglar made off in a waiting car.

Commenting on the man responsible for the break-in, Rodney continued: “He’s an evil, sinful man, but as believers we forgive him and pray that he would repent from his sins and follow the King of all Kings.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...