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Paramilitary shooting victim: 'I was drinking a cup of tea, then they burst in door and hit me with an iron bar'

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 29/08/2015

Michael Durey in Altnagelvin Hospital after he was shot
Michael Durey in Altnagelvin Hospital after he was shot

A 30-year-old man who was shot in the leg in a paramilitary style attack said he feared he was going to die.

Michael Durey said he was sitting drinking a cup of tea when masked and armed men burst in the front door on Wednesday night.

He said: "I thought I was going to die. They hit me on the head with an iron bar and then they shot me in the leg.

"It was very painful."

He added: "When they burst in I thought we were dead, I really did.

"They grabbed my girlfriend and threw her away from me and she has bruises on her arms.

"I was more worried about the baby as she is six months pregnant but thankfully everything is okay."

Mr Durey revealed that there were two other children in the Corrib Court house when the attack took place.

He said: "I have told the children not to worry about me, I will be fine and for them to look after their mother.

"It was a very scary incident."

The man said he had no idea who was behind the attack and it had made him consider moving house.

Meanwhile the PSNI have described the attack as "barbaric". Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said: "These people, armed with a handgun and an iron bar, assaulted the victim, striking him on the head, and then dragged him to the kitchen where they shot him in the right leg.

"The victim's partner was present as were two children and during the assault the victim's partner was also assaulted as she tried to come to his aid and protect him.

"She was struck by those involved, dragged off and pulled by the hair."

Chief Inspector Callaghan said police were exploring the motivation for the assault but that it has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary attack.

"The youngest child was 10 years of age and an older teenager was present as well," he said.

"To force their way into someone's home, to drag that person to the floor, to assault him with an iron bar is bad enough and to then shoot him in the leg is absolutely barbaric.

"These crimes have no place in our society, they are a residue of the past and can lead to death."

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