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Man released without charge after questioning over pensioner burglary

The man had been arrested on Tuesday evening in connection with the assault of 96-year-old Margaret Lilly.

The close-knit community of Buncrana has been shocked by the incident, which occurred on Saturday morning.
The close-knit community of Buncrana has been shocked by the incident, which occurred on Saturday morning.
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A 48-YEAR-OLD man has been released by Gardaí investigating the aggravated burglary involving a 96-year-old woman.

The man had been arrested on Tuesday evening after the robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning, when pensioner Margaret ‘Greta’ Lilly was gagged and ‘roughed up’ by a man who stole her handbag and a quantity of cash.

Two men with local accents were seen leaving the area, while Lilly was taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

The 48-year-old was released without charge, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The local community has rallied around the pensioner, with a local councillor opening a Credit Union account to accept donations helping Lilly to replace her lost funds, which she was reportedly saving up to install new windows on her home.

A local security firm has also offered to install a home alarm free of charge.

Anyone with any information about the incident is being urged to contact Buncrana Garda station on (074) 932 0540.

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