Man dies and his partner is seriously injured by armed gang who broke into County Cork home

A man has been killed after armed thugs broke into his home and battered the victim and his partner.

Several men broke into the house at about 3am and attacked the man and woman, who is in a serious condition in hospital.

Two young children, aged under six years old, were in the house at the time but were uninjured.

Shortly after the attack, a burnt out car was found abandoned a few miles away from the house in Ballincollig, County Cork, Ireland.

Garda forensic detectives pictured at the scene in Ballincollig, County Cork where a man died and his partner was seriously injured inside their own home