A Chinese man and his young family may leave their home after he was violently beaten on his doorstep by a racist gang.
John Wu was being treated in hospital yesterday for head, face and eye injuries sustained during the unprovoked attack outside his Coleraine home on Tuesday night.
The 45-year-old father-of-one was beaten around the head when he confronted four men and a woman after they smashed a window at the front of his property.
Mr Wu’s terrified wife Ru-yin Lu-o was in the house with their three-year-old daughter when she heard her husband scream in pain.
She said she is now feeling too vulnerable to remain at their home in the Long Commons area of the town, where they have lived for two years.
“It was 7.30pm on Tuesday night and we were in the kitchen and I was cooking. All of a sudden we heard a big noise at the front door and saw broken glass on the floor.
“My husband went out and tried to confront the people. I heard him asking why they did that, then I heard him screaming in pain.
“I was scared when I heard him screaming and I went out to see what had happened and I saw him covering his eyes and a lot of blood all over him,” Ru-yin said.
She added: “I saw the backs of maybe four men and a woman going away. I am very scared after this. I did not sleep on Tuesday night, I just lay on the bed with my phone in my hand. I am scared because I don’t know why they want to hurt us and if they will come back. I am also angry that people want to do this to us. There is no reason for them to do this.
“I like living here and I have made friends here, but because of this maybe we will have to leave. I am very scared to stay.”
Ru-yin said she has lived in Northern Ireland for six years with her husband, who works in a Chinese medical centre. She said it was the first time they have been targeted in such a violent way and she was sure the motive for the attack was racism. “There have been a few minor things before, when people were drunk, but this is the first time for something like this; it makes me sad. Before this happened I liked it here.
“I like the people, they are always friendly and gradually I made friends and started to build a life here, but all of a sudden this horrible thing happens.
“I just don’t know what to do,” she said.
The PSNI is investigating the attack. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.