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Police hunt man after woman is left critically injured from assault at Newtownabbey house

Published 14/01/2016

Police advised the public not to approach Stephen McFarlane. PSNI
Police advised the public not to approach Stephen McFarlane. PSNI
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan

Police have appealed for the public's help in tracking down this 33-year-old man following a serious assault on a woman in a Newtownabbey house.

The 26-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after an attack left her seriously injured.

It happened in the Ashgrove Road area of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim on Wednesday.

Police have released a photograph of a man they wish to speak to about the assault, with an appeal for information on his whereabouts.

Anyone who has information regarding 33-year-old Stephen McFarlane or the movements of a white Audi A6 registration T44 SMF, is asked to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101.

Police are advising people not to approach Mr McFarlane but to contact them immediately.

North Belfast DUP MLA Paula Bradley who lives close to where the incident took place has condemned those responsible.

She said: "I am absolutely appalled to learn of this serious attack which has left a young woman in a critical condition in hospital. This is a very quiet residential area and local residents in Ashgrove are shocked and horrified by what has happened.

"My thoughts and prayers are with this young woman, and I hope that she will make a full recovery.

"As a long-time campaigner for the protection of women from violence, I am particularly concerned by this attack.

"There can be no justification for this sort of crime and those responsible must be removed from our community. I would appeal for anyone with any information on this incident to pass it immediate to the PSNI or Crimestoppers."

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