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Fresh drawings of monster who raped and tried to kill 8-year-old girl in Newry

Detectives release new images on 20th anniversary of savage attack on child

By Claire Cromie

Detectives investigating an horrific sex attack on an eight-year-old girl, during which she was raped, tied to a tree and then left for dead, have released two fresh drawings of the suspect on the 20th anniversary of the assault.

The little girl had been playing with a seven-year-old boy in an area of trees at Barcroft Community Centre in Newry when she was approached by a stranger on Friday 10 June, 1994.

The man, aged in his late teens or early 20s, asked the children to help him find his brother. The pair went with the male and were separated in woodland behind the community centre.

The girl was taken to a wooded area within Daisy Hill Nursery where she was subjected to a prolonged and violent sexual attack.

Last year police re-opened the investigation into the brutal attack, which they are treating as attempted murder.

Detectives are appealing to members of the public who may have information and have not already contacted police to phone the enquiry team - as well as anyone who initially came forward in 1994 but has not made contact since.

A police spokesman said: "Detectives are also keen to identify a couple who met the little boy who had been with the victim and was in a distressed state, leaving the area of woodland on the day of the incident and two young males who had been playing at the community centre on the day of the incident."

Call PSNI Serious Crime Branch on 028 3836 6274 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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