Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

I’m quitting my home, says victim of petrol bomb

Robert Patton inside his badly burnt kitchen

A Londonderry man has vowed to move out of his home after it was damaged in a petrol bomb attack.

Robert Patton’s kitchen was ruined after the bomb was thrown through his window on Wednesday night.

He has lived in the house at Woodend Park in Articlave, outside Coleraine, for barely two months.

Mr Patton plans to leave immediately and said his partner has already left. Police told Mr Patton it wasn’t safe for him to stay in the home.

He said he was “lucky” to have survived the attack uninjured, but said the terrifying incident had left him shaken.

“I never slept all last night,” he added.

Mr Patton moved into the property in August and said everything was fine for the first four or five weeks, then the attacks started.

He said he has had his windows smashed three times, and when he first heard the crash on Wednesday night he thought it was happening again. But when he saw the flames he knew it was more sinister.

“That’s not teenagers,” he said. “A petrol bomb through the window — that’s not kids.

“I had to get my neighbour to ring the police because I was in shock,” he said.

Mr Patton said he didn’t believe the motivation for the attacks was sectarian.

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