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Moffett sister's home attacked

The scene of Ms Owens living room.

A north Belfast woman has told UTV she fears for her life after the front windows of her home were smashed in a suspected hammer attack on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
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Irene Owens was watching TV in her Ashmore Place home when the attack happened at about 11pm.

Six windows and her front door were smashed during the incident. Paint was also dubbed on an outer wall.

Ms Owens, who has lived in the property for over ten years, is the sister of loyalist Bobby Moffett, who was shot dead by the UVF on the Shankill Road in 2010 in what police branded a "public execution".

It is the first time her house has been targeted since her brother's murder, but she admitted other family members have been subject to similar attacks.

She does not know what was behind the incident at her property - and has pleaded with those responsible to leave her alone.

She initially thought the sound of smashing glass was coming from her television set.

"I just put my hands up to my face," she recalled, explaining how she protected herself from smashing glass.

"I didn't know what was going on, why, anything."

"I froze, just froze. I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even move from where I was sitting."

Ms Owens said that she no longer wants to live at the property and would like to know why she was targeted.

"I haven't done anything on anybody. I don't bother with anybody."

Police have confirmed they are investigating a report of criminal damage and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.