A businesswoman cheated serious injury after a stray bullet shattered a window at her countryside home.
Gillian Barnett was sitting watching television at her picturesque Co Donegal home when she heard a massive bang.
When she went to investigate, she found a large window at her Dunfanaghy home had been shattered.
Even more worrying for Ms Barnett was that the window was made from 2.3cm toughened glass.
The reinforced glass was put in to protect the building from strong Atlantic weather conditions and it cost €1,300 to replace.
Ms Barnett said she suspects the window was shattered by a stray bullet – possibly from someone out hunting.
She admits that she is very lucky saying she could have been struck by a bullet under different circumstances.
She told the People’s Press “I’m lucky I wasn’t out getting a bucket of coal or something like that and I’m lucky I had this toughened glass and not just ordinary glass.
“There was a very definite loud bang and then it all began to shatter. It just started to go.
“I was in the living room when it happened. I saw it and it scared the life out of me. I think it was lucky that it hit my window and not somebody else’s.”
Ms Barnett said she feels the incident may not be malicious.
But she wants to send out the message that people need to be careful when out shooting or lamping.
Workmen needed a sledgehammer and crowbar to take out the remaining glass, emphasising how tough the glass was.
“I’m glad it was toughened glass or otherwise it might have come straight through,” she said.
She added that she would like people to be aware of the dangers of stray bullets.
“In this area it is common place for lamping. I just want the people who do this as a hobby to be aware of what can happen.
“Nobody was hurt this time, which is important and I’m glad I wasn’t a neighbour’s window,” she added.
Gardai have confirmed that an investigation has ben carried out into the incident.
However, the evidence has so far proved inconclusive.Tags: