The student victims of a terrifying robbery in their South Belfast home have spoken out about their ordeal.
Three women and a man were threatened by a man armed with a knife at their house in Cadogan Street in the Holyland on Tuesday night.
Speaking to Belfast Live, the 20-year-olds said they were petrified as the man casually walked about the room lifting money and jewellery.
One of the victims said: “He stood and looked at both of us and made us give him any valuables we had on us.
“He demanded all of our money. He stole both of our iPhone 7s and made us reset both of them in front of him so that they couldn’t be tracked.
“He also wrecked another room in the house.”
The terrified students told us how the robber “remained calm” throughout the encounter.
They said: “He was very apologetic when he was there. He said ‘sorry for doing this. You are lovely girls I am just in a lot of bother.’ We were freaking out and he kept saying ‘relax girls nothing is going to happen to you.’ It was petrifying.”
In an appeal for other students to keep vigilant, they urged others to lock their front and bedroom doors at all times.
They said: “It is such a dangerous place. This situation could have been a lot worse and hand on heart this was the scariest experience of our whole lives and would hate for anyone else to go through this.”
Detective Sergeant Gardiner explained: “Two women aged in their 20s were in an upstairs room in the house when an unknown man entered downstairs armed with a knife. He made his way upstairs and threatened the two females before leaving the room with a sum of money.
“As the man made his way out of the property, he was approached by a man and woman who entered the house. The man armed with the knife threatened the male and the female, demanding money from them. He made off towards the Ormeau Embankment area with money and jewellery following the incident.”
Keep up-to-date with all the very latest news, what’s on, sport and everything else in Belfast and beyond with the Belfast Live app.
Only select news that interests you by picking the topics you want to display on the app’s homepage. Plus, our enhanced user experience includes live blogs, video, interactive maps and slick picture galleries. Download it now and get involved.