DETECTIVES in Coleraine are investigating a ‘paramilitary-style attack’ carried out on a man at a house in the Kurin Lane area of Garvagh last night (Saturday 27th October).
Detective Chief Inspector White said: “A 45-year-old man was shot in both arms and legs after a number of masked men broke into his home just before 10.30pm on Saturday night. They also beat him with a bat or metal bar.
“The man’s teenage daughter, who was also in the house at the time of the shooting and beating, was threatened to be shot by one of the violent perpetrators before her mobile phone was taken to prevent her calling for help. An attempt was also made to set fire to items in the house.
“The injured man is currently in hospital receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds and head injuries from being beaten.
“This a sickeningly vicious shooting and beating which has left this man with serious and potentially life changing injuries, and a young girl severely traumatised.
“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?
“There is absolutely no justification for an attack like this in our communities and we must all work together to bring those responsible to justice and to stop this from happening to another child.
“If you saw anything or know anything about this incident which could assist us with our investigation I would ask that you contact detectives in Coleraine on 101 and quote incident number 1478 27/10/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
The PSNI Limavady Facebook page said: “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS!
“I don’t care what you think about the rights and wrongs of vigilante criminal thugs in OUR streets shooting people, but what about this innocent young teenage girl?
“The thug chased the young girl upstairs and threatened her when she hid. She came out petrified with her Piggy Bank, HER PIGGY BANK! hoping that the men would take it and leave her Dad alone.
“Instead they stole her phone and shot her Dad. My heart is broken for this girl 💔 it makes me feel physically sick and enraged to my core. 👏🏼 way to go fellas 👏🏼
#BigMenThreateningKids #NotInMyName #EnoughIsEnough #EndTheHarm,” said the post.
Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald condemned the shooting.
“There is absolutely no justification for an attack like this,” she said.
“These actions should stop immediately and those responsible should get off the backs of the community.
“Anyone with information on this attack should bring it forward to the Police.”