‘Disgraceful’ assault in South Armagh condemned

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Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Sinn Féin Councillor Barra Ó Muirí has spoken about the shock and disgust in the community following an attack on a Cullyhanna family in their Carraig Way home.

“The victim of this attack was returning home from a wake house and upon entering the village had something thrown at his jeep,” the local Councillor told Newry Times.



“He shouted out the window of the vehicle to tell the assailants to stop, but instead they followed him to his home in Carraig Way. After smashing the windscreen of the jeep, kicking in the front door of the house, with wife and children inside, the assailants set about attacking the victim and his father with an array of weapons. 

“Threats to shoot the family were delivered by the attackers and further threats of burning the house down with children inside were also made. After this, the assailants left the scene, but soon returned with another person, and together all three men resumed the attack and further damaged the family jeep with an iron bar.



Ó Muirí continued, “I was contacted by neighbours who are understandably angry that such an unprovoked attack would take place in Cullyhanna in 2017. Both the Ambulance service and the Police attended the scene, and arrests were made.

“This disgraceful incident was totally unacceptable and local people are glad it didn’t result in more serious injuries or worse.

He added, “The perpetrators of this crime are out of touch with the people of Cullyhanna, and on behalf of the entire community I would appeal to them to end their violent, barbaric behaviour which has become a blight on the whole area.”



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