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CRO COP THAT: Our very own Marianne Valitutti made international news when scared of three intruders with her Cro Cop Muay Thai moves. She spoke exclusively to the Indy this week about confronting the would-be thieves. 169353_05 (Rebecca Hosking)
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“He was going back to work and said he would be home later.” At 4.30pm, Marianne woke to a “shuffling” in the wardrobe. “I thought wow that was quick, he’s home early,” she said. But she instead found a teen rummaging through the wardrobe, who had no idea as she was there when she rose to confront him.
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“I was under the blankets,” she said. Marianne flowed into a Muay Thai fighting stance as she approached the youth. “I’ve come forward with my hand up,” she said. “What am I supposed to do, just stand there?” “It all came natural to me. I knew how to defend myself. If he had at come at me I would have known what to do. Continued page 5
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Rippleside mother Marianne Valitutti made international headlines this week after using her Muay Thai skills to scare three would-be thieves from her partner’s Drumcondra home. “They were looking for cash,” she told the Indy proudly. “They got away with nothing.”
“I just put my guard up and they knew not to mess with me - they knew this woman meant business. Girl power!” The mother of two was sick and resting in bed after her partner, hotelier George Ramia, had left for work. “George was home an hour before and he came to check on me because I was unwell,” the 47-year-old said.
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