Woman speaks out on 1994 sex attack

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014
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A woman who suffered a brutal sexual attack as a child 20 years ago in Newry has described her ordeal and spoken of her anger that the perpetrator has never been found.

She was eight years old when she was attacked in some woodland at Barcroft Community Centre on Friday 10 June 1994.

A man approached her and a seven-year-old boy she had been playing with and asked them to help him find his brother.

"When we got into the woods, he sent my friend in one direction and told me to follow him," she said.

"So when I was following him I sort of then realised something wasn't right, he took me into a sort of bush area.

We sat down and he pulled a rope out his pocket... and then suddenly he put the rope around my neck.

Attack victim

The girl was subjected to prolonged and violent sexual assault.

"I was crying and shouting, and he told me if I didn't be quiet, he had a knife," the woman continued.

"When I was crying, I told him I didn't want to do it, he was pulling the rope tighter around my neck.

"Then when he was finished he then put the rope onto a branch and pushed me and I just remember swinging and him looking at me."

She said the man threw a brick at her head and she was knocked unconscious.

She managed to free herself and flee to a garden nearby, where a couple found her and took her to hospital.

The woman said she was lucky to survive the attack.

"I was constantly looking around to see was there someone there, was he coming back?"

His intent was to kill me.

Attack victim

Twenty years on, police have issued two new images of the suspect in the case.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have information and has not yet come forward, anyone who initially made contact but has not made contact since.

Detectives are also keen to identify the couple who met the little boy in a distressed state leaving the area of woodland on the day of the incident.

They also want to speak to two young males who had been playing at the Community Centre at the time.

"I just hope that people from that area, if they know anything, even if it's something small, will help us," the woman added.

"He did it to me 20 years ago, he got away with it - I just hope he hasn't done it to anyone else."

Any of these people or anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Serious Crime Branch on 028 3836 6274.

Anyone who would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3 Comments
Lorna in Belfast wrote (165 days ago):
What kind of sicko is able to get away with this kind of attack on a child? There is someone who knows something or even may have a suspicion that its someone they know, do the decent thing and report him.
Thomas in Warrenpoint wrote (166 days ago):
Brave girl i hope they catch this scum
jean in dungannon wrote (166 days ago):
what a brave woman and what a dreadful ordeal for her. I just do not know how she has stayed sane after all she has come through. I do so hope that the rest of her life will be a happy one
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