Hunt for Newry child sex attacker continues with door to door campaign
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Hundreds of doors have been knocked in the Barcroft area in recent weeks in a bid to bring to justice a child sex attacker who left an 8 year old girl with serious head injuries two decades ago.
The door to door campaign was organised by Barcroft Community Association and the PSNI to highlight the horrific 1994 attack.
Back in October 2013 Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of the eight year old girl in Newry in 1994 released an image of a person they wish to identify.
The man would now be in his late 30’s or early 40’s. The image, (right) which shows the man how he might appear today, nearly 20 years after the callous attack, is the latest progression in the case which was relaunched on 7th February 2013.
The girl was playing with a friend close to Barcroft Community Centre on 10th June 1994 when she was approached by an unknown man aged in his late teens or early twenties.
He separated her from her friend and took her to an area of woodland within Daisy Hill Nursery where he assaulted her. Because the little girl sustained serious head injuries the attack is being treated as attempted murder. However, recent police inquiries have not led to any prosecutions.
Local Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady, who also participated in the door to door campaign, says he has met recently with senior PSNI officers in an effort to bring closure to the case.
He explained to Newry Times, “It is vital that this case is brought to a close and that anyone with information comes forward.
“I was very willing to assist in this exercise which attempted to refresh local resident’s memories. Although it is nearly twenty years since this terrible assault took place, local people still recall the incident and they too are keen to ensure that the culprit is taken off the streets.
“I commend members of Barcroft Community Association, who have shown great leadership in this exercise and local PSNI officers who knocked on every door in Barcroft Estate and Raymond Kelly Park to inform residents and deliver a leaflet containing a photo-fit of the suspect.
Brady added, “I would appeal to anyone who has any piece of information no matter how insignificant they think it may be to pass this onto the PSNI to help bring the perpetrator of this awful crime to justice.”
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