A man dressed all in black and wearing a terrifying ‘Scream’ mask has raped a teenage girl in Londonderry during the city’s Halloween celebrations.
The attack happened at 1am yesterday when the man attacked the girl in the Edenmore Street and Northland Road area of the city close to the Magee campus of the University of Ulster.
Detectives investigating the case have appealed for the female driver of a dark-coloured car who gave the teenage victim a lift following the attack to contact them.
A rape counsellor from Nexus has made a plea to the teenage victim to contact them for help.
Helena Bracken, regional manager with Nexus, said the young girl has shown great bravery in reporting the attack, but will need a tremendous amount of support.
“This poor young girl has suffered a horrendous attack and we can only imagine the state of terror she is in right now, but I would appeal to her to get in contact with us at Nexus where we will pull out all the stops to get her through these difficult traumatic days and weeks,” she said.
“It is good that she had the courage to tell the police, it is a brave thing to do.”
Councillor for the area Maeve McLaughlin said: “We must do everything we can to ensure this young girl gets her life back again after his horrific attack which is incomprehensible to every right-thinking person in this city.
“Sadly, a night like Halloween when the majority of people in Derry were in costume was used by this man who carried out this brutal attack on a young girl.
“No one can guess the mindset of someone capable of such a violent assault. What we can do is help eradicate him from our midst by working fully with the PSNI so he can be brought before the courts and this girl who has suffered so much can get justice.”
The area where the attack happened is near the University of Ulster's Magee Campus and the North West College.
Cllr John Boyle said: “This is a horrific thing for any woman to go through and my heart goes out to any person subjected to such a vile attack. It occurred within the university area therefore I would urge any young person, not to be on their own on nights out.
“I urge anybody with information, however small they believe it to be, to bring it to the attention of the police.”
Police would like to speak with anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Edenmore Street and Northland Road area. Contact the PSNI Rape Crime Unit on 028 2566 7214 or 0800 555 111.