Belfast Telegraph

Mum appeals for peace after home attacked 30 times

By Adrian Rutherford

A woman whose home has been attacked more than 30 times has pleaded with the thugs responsible to leave her in peace.

Mary Pearson made the appeal after a petrol bomb was hurled at the rear of her house in north Belfast on Thursday evening.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on her Jamaica Street property dating back to October.

Police have said no motive has been established for the latest attack, which took place around 9.45pm on Thursday.

The petrol bomb exploded, but parts of the device have been taken away for forensic examination.

Ms Pearson (59), who lives in the house with her 17-year-old son Michael, said her life is being made a misery.

“This has been going on since October, the house is practically getting hit every night,” she told the Belfast Telegraph.

“I’m sitting here now waiting for it to get dark and for them to come again. We have just been left fearing for our lives.”

Ms Pearson has lived in the house for four years, but is looking to leave the area.

She has no idea why she is being targeted.

“I don’t know why they are doing it,” she said. “I don’t bother with anyone and my son doesn’t really go out because he’s terrified. It’s an end house, so maybe it’s an easy target.”

A second son, Christopher, suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had to move away after he was also targeted by thugs. Ms Pearson said she just wants to live in peace.

“I don’t go out to cause any trouble, so why are they doing it to me?” she asked.

“I’d like to know why they are doing it, I wish they would stop it.

“My health is bad and every time the house gets hit I start shaking. All I want is to be left alone.”

SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon said it was a dangerous and reckless attack.

“It is miraculous that no-one has been physically hurt,” she said.

“Those responsible for this violent intimidation need to realise that their destructive actions are wrong and they must stop.”

Sinn Fein councillor Gerard McCabe said the latest attack could have been fatal.

“There were three people in the house at the time of the attack and they could easily have been badly injured or worse,” he said.

“This is the latest in a number of attacks on the house.”

A PSNI spokesman said no motive has been established for Thursday’s attack and police are investigating all lines of inquiry.

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