29/10/2018

Man Shot In Garvagh Paramilitary Attack

A man has been shot in both arms and legs in a paramilitary style attack in Garvagh.

A gang of masked men broke into the 45-year-old victim's home just before 10.30pm on Saturday 27 October.

He was beaten with a bat or metal bar, and an attempt was also made to set fire to items in the house.

The victim's teenage daughter was present at the time of the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector White said: "This is a sickeningly vicious shooting and beating which has left this man with serious and potentially life-changing injuries, and a young girl severely traumatised.

"She was threatened to be shot by one of the violent perpetrators before her mobile phone was taken to prevent her calling for help.
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"The injured man is currently in hospital receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds and head injuries."

DCI White added: "What sort of men would think it is acceptable to subject a young girl to this level of brutality and violence? Every child has the right to feel safe and protected in their own home- how is this poor child going to sleep tonight or in coming nights? What are the long term effects on her going to be?

"It's quite obvious the hypocrites who carried out this dreadful attack don't care at all about the children in their community. I wonder how they would feel if their own child witnessed such a level of violence?"

Police have asked anyone with information relating to the incident to contact them.



(JG/MH)

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