20-hour ordeal for woman in Portmarnock house invasion

by Sylvia Pownall

A young woman has told of her terror after a gang of masked men held a knife to her throat and threw bleach on her during a break-in at her Portmarnock home.

Eve Ryan (24) was locked in an en suite bathroom for 20 hours before being rescued by her aunt and a neighbour after the horror invasion last Thursday.

Gardai have appealed for information about the aggravated burglary at a house on Strand Road which unfolded at around 7pm.

Eve described the ordeal on social media, revealing how she came home to find men wearing balaclavas and armed with knives and screwdrivers in her house.

Her grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was also in the property at the time.

She said: “They put knives to my neck and screwdrivers to my eyes. They threw bleach on me and asked where the jewellery and money was.

“They then dragged me by the hair into a tiny toilet in the back bedroom with no window, locked me in and took the key. They also took my iPhone XS.”

Eve said she screamed for help but her confused granny could not understand how to use the phone to call 999.

Ms Ryan, who is signed to Catwalk Models agency, said she thought she was going to die during her ordeal, adding: “I don’t think I will ever be able to sleep again or feel safe.”

The men were described as having strong Irish accents and Gardai have trawled CCTV at the property. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

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