The three men suspected in the aggravated burglary of a pensioner, Tom Niland (73), are expected to be charged in court later tonight.
These people in their 20s, 30s and 50s are expected to be charged with aggravated burglary and gardaí is expected to object to bail.
Independent.ie can confirm that two of the suspects are from the Ballina area of Co Mayo and the other suspect is from Foxford in Co Mayo.
Mr. Niland remains in critical condition and is on life support at Sligo University Hospital.
Three masked men entered Mr Niland’s home at Doonflynn on N59 Road, Skreen, around 7pm on January 18 and brutally assaulted him.
Mr. Niland suffered serious head and upper body injuries.
“Severe violence like this is not their way but they are known for theft, intimidation and drug crimes. A source said they are looking at things in a criminal sense.
“They are closely linked and these arrests come after weeks of cooperation with Sligo gardai, who are leading this investigation, and their colleagues in Mayo,” the source added. .
Within days of the barbaric incident, special detectives had ruled out the involvement of thieves gangs increasingly operating outside the capital and using the motorway network to terrify the public. rural communities.
“From the very beginning, it was clear that this was the job of a local crew. But it takes a lot of investigations before these arrests can be made,” a source explained.
Tom’s cousin Michael Walsh said he was “delighted” to hear of the arrests.
“I’m outside of the ICU now and I told Tom the news and I hope it can give him a boost.
“I was hoping he might even open his eyes a little or it might wake him up a bit, but still no difference in him.
“He passed out on a ventilator. He just lay there, as always.
“The nurses are working with him constantly, they are amazing.
“They are trying their best for him, but it is difficult to know what the future holds for him.
“They performed a tracheostomy on him, that was the only change we saw.
“He did not react. They were supposed to take him to Galway for a neurological exam on his brain stem. However, we don’t see any good or bad changes.
“But we are happy to hear the news; That is a wonderful thing.
“They have been excellent to us and they have told us they are determined and we have no doubt they will throw everything at it.
“And we see that the way they do all the searching and scanning the mountains and the lakes.
“They also did a lot of things behind the scenes.
“We are very grateful to them for everything they have done for Tom.
“It’s still all about Tom, and I don’t know if he’ll come out of this. But this (capture) is definitely a bonus.
“Regardless of what the guards achieve legally, it is difficult to say whether there is such a thing as justice. Tom is suffering. He may never get out of this. They didn’t kill him, but they took his life.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/three-men-suspected-of-aggravated-burglary-on-tom-niland-73-to-be-charged-in-court-later-tonight-41433341.html Three men suspected of aggravated burglary of Tom Niland (73) will be charged in court later tonight