Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Elderly woman's horrific ordeal

Elderly people have been urged to be vigilant over Christmas after a sick incident in which a woman in her 70s was sexually assaulted.

The woman was taken to hospital after the attack, which happened in Newry on Saturday.

She was walking along Upper Kiln Street around 8.15pm when a man indecently grabbed her and threatened her.

In a separate incident at Benraw Street, west Belfast, a pensioner's house was burgled on Saturday while she was at home.

They ransacked a bedroom and removed cash.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Tom Cairns, director of policy and public affairs at Age Concern, slammed the perpetators of the attacks.

"This is absolutely disgraceful," he said.

"These were terrible incidents for the people involved and we urge friends, families and people in general to keep an eye on their elderly friends and relatives.

"We would also call on anyone with information about the incidents at the weekend to go to the police."

The woman who was sexually assaulted in Newry suffered shock, cuts and bruising in the attack. Her attacker fled when a female motorist stopped to intervene.

The man is described as five foot seven with dark hair and slim with swarthy skin.

Police are seeking information and would like to speak to the motorist who helped.

Sinn Fein Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy, said it was a vicious attack that had shocked the community.

"We need to ensure that the perpetrator is taken off the streets because he is clearly a danger to women," he said.

"Anyone with any information about this attack should not hesitate in bringing it forward to the police.

"People in the local community are shocked and angry at this attack. I also want to encourage people to be vigilant."

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact detectives at on 0845 600 8000, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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