14/10/2019

Child Traumatised As Dad Shot In Both Ankles

A young boy has been left traumatised after his father was gunned down in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.

Three masked men entered a house at around 10.40pm on Saturday 12 October and shot the victim, aged in his 40s, in both ankles.

The young boy was present at the time and raised the alarm with a neighbour, who tasked police and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to the scene.

The victim was undergoing surgery on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Kerry Brennan condemned those responsible, saying it was "nothing short of emotional and psychological abuse of a child".
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"This young boy was placed in a reprehensible situation and has been left traumatised by the vicious and merciless actions of these thugs who hide behind masks," she said.

"Nothing gives these people the right to violate the human rights of people and their actions should be condemned by all.

"Those who are involved in these attacks do not represent the interests of this community, nor do they contribute anything to it.

"They do it to try and exert influence, or gain control of those they claim to represent. No one has the right to violate the rights of others."

Anyone with information is urged to pick up the phone and tell police what they know. Detectives at Musgrave can be contacted on 101 by quoting reference number 2026 of 12/10/19.



(JG/CM)

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