A 25-year-old woman is to appear in court today, charged in connection with a serious assault in Belfast which has left another young woman critically ill in hospital.
The 23-year-old victim suffered serious head injuries in what has been condemned as a “vicious attack” by local politicians.
The incident took place on the Andersonstown Road at around 1.30am yesterday in a parking lay-by at a row of shops opposite the Whitefort Inn.
A woman arrested in connection with the incident will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court this morning charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.
The victim was last night being treated in the intensive care unit at Belfast City Hospital. A spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust said last night that she remained “critically ill”.
Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them. They are particularly keen to speak to a taxi driver who they believe may have witnessed the assault.
West Belfast councillor Paul Maskey said he was shocked at the assault.
“This was a vicious attack,” he said.
“My thoughts go out to this young woman who was attacked and I hope she makes a full recovery. This area is well lit and well used.
“It is concerning that a young woman could be attacked in such a vicious way and seriously injured.
“I would also appeal for people to look out for each other at night and make sure they get home safe.
“Anyone who has witnessed this should come forward and give information to the authorities. This information should be given as a matter of urgency to ensure whoever has carried this out is taken off the streets.”
Police can be contacted on 0845 600 800 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.