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Dutch tourists attacked

A middle aged Dutch couple were attacked and robbed on the evening of April 13 while at their holiday villa located in a secluded area of Porches, Lagoa council. The incident took place between the hours of 10pm and 11pm.

Speaking to Correio da Manhã newspaper, the wife, who was not named, said: “We could see two men at the front gate and told them to go away. However, they went around to the back of the property and my husband went into the garden which is when a third man attacked him. He managed to get back inside and close the door, which was when gun shots were fired at the back door and they gained entry through kicking it.”

Her husband was then forced to lie on the ground and was kicked repeatedly before being hit around the head with the handle of a gun and repeatedly questioned for correct pin code numbers for a selection of bank cards.

The victims were then tied up with wire cables and locked in one of the bedrooms.

After ransacking through the house for valuables, the assailants fled in the couple’s hire car, with cash, several watches and jewellery, a computer and credit cards, worth more than €10,000.

The man suffered injuries to his face, head and ribs. The stolen vehicle was recovered by police near a petrol station, 3km from the property.

Judicial Police are investigating the case, the seventh violent indoor robbery involving foreign tourists in three months. S.M.