Gardaí are keeping their fingers crossed a television appeal for information over an aggravated burglary in Longford town five months ago will provide vital clues in their investigation, writes Liam Cosgrove.
A young mother was set upon as she and her four-year-old son slept in their apartment at Weaver's Hall complex, Market Square, Longford on October 31 last year.
The woman, who hails from Latvia, was tied up with cable ties by a three man gang during what is believed to have been a two hour ordeal.
It's also believed the woman was threatened with a firearm, although gardai are still not ruling out the possibility the weapon in question may have been artificial.
She sustained a number of injuries as a result and was treated by Midoc, an out of hours GP service. Her son, was, however, unharmed.
In the five months since, gardaí in Longford town have taken numerous statements and followed several lines of inquiry in relation to the incident.
Superintendent Jim Delaney said the decision to bring the investigation before RTE's Crimecall programme on Monday night was self explanatory.
“It's really to try and open up avenues that we can explore to maximise information to try an bring this to a successful conclusion,” he said.
The Longford Garda chief insisted anyone wishing to provide information in relation to Monday night's reconstruction would be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
As such, he said investigators have enlisted the services of Crimestoppers with interpreters also being on hand to aid potential witnesses from outside the jurisdiction who may have information to pass on.
Supt Delaney added the victim and her young son had made a “good recovery” from the events of last October.
Anyone who feels they may be of assistance in relation to the incident is asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570, Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00525 or any garda station.