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Disabled teen and brother attacked by gang of thugs

By Claire McNeilly

Published 21/12/2015

A disabled boy and his brother have been beaten by a gang of thugs in west Belfast
A disabled boy and his brother have been beaten by a gang of thugs in west Belfast

A disabled boy and his brother have been beaten by a gang of thugs in west Belfast.

A number of people got out of a car and assaulted the pair on the Stewartstown Road shortly before 2am yesterday.

The disabled 16-year-old sustained facial injuries including a suspected broken nose.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann strongly condemned the attack and said she doesn't believe those responsible are from the area.

"This was a vicious attack on two youths, one of whom is a 16-year-old boy who suffers from a disability," she said.

"The youths were savagely beaten when they were attacked by a gang last night as they were walking back to their home in the Poleglass area.

"I unreservedly condemn this savage attack and call on anyone with any information on this vicious assault to bring it immediately to the police.

It is claimed that one of those involved in the assault, which happened close to the Michael Ferguson roundabout near Poleglass, said words to the effect "this is for Christopher Meli".

Sources say, however, that the two victims had nothing to do with the attack on Christopher and are described as "nice lads".

Chief Inspector Anthony McNally said there has been a "significantly increased police presence" in west Belfast in recent days.

"We are committed to keeping people safe," he said.

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