“I don’t want to live in Longford anymore,” mother-of-one Christine Bourke told the Leader earlier this week, days after her house was targeted by heartless thieves as she lay sick in hospital.
Christine, who suffers from Chronic Asthma, fell ill on Saturday, February 7 and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Ballinasloe Hospital. Just a day later, thieves broke into her house and made off with a brand new television, which Christine was still in the process of paying for.
The theft was discovered when a friend called to Christine’s Longford town house to feed her pet dog and noticed that the back window was broken. Upon further inspection, it was revealed that the television was stolen. However, because Christine remains in hospital, she has no way of knowing if anything else has been taken.
“I was there two years on Valentine’s Day and I thought it was a lovely quiet area,” Christine added. Now, Christine is hoping to move out of Longford and closer to Athlone, where her eight-year-old daughter currently lives with her father.
It’s not the first time that Christine has been the victim of a burglary. A number of years ago, her house was broken into during Christmas week, when thieves made off with presents intended for her daughter.
Following that incident, she was forced to move home, as she revealed that she couldn’t settle back into the house after the incident.
“I don’t think I could settle now,” she admitted.