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Teen hurled through window of Belfast kebab shop: 'It was mad, there was blood everywhere'

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 17/08/2015

The teenager after the attack
The teenager after the attack
Shards of glass at the broken window

A teenage girl has told how she was left bleeding heavily and pleading for help after being shoved through a window during a violent melee.

Sinead Quinn told the Belfast Telegraph how she feared she would die.

Sinead Quinn with friend Clodagh Orourke who was allegedly knocked unconscious during the attack. Picture: Kevin Scott
Sinead Quinn with friend Clodagh Orourke who was allegedly knocked unconscious during the attack. Picture: Kevin Scott
Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott
Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott

She needed 50 stitches after the vicious attack in west Belfast.

The 18-year-old was an innocent bystander when a fight erupted outside a takeaway early yesterday morning.

Sinead was left with severe injuries to her arm and back after being pushed through the glass.

This afternoon she told the Belfast Telegraph: "I really thought I was going to die.

"It was mad. There was blood everywhere.

"I was just shouting, trying to get people to help me."

The incident happened after a fight involving another group of girls.

At one stage three men arrived brandishing sewer rods and began “beating all around them”.

Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott
Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott

After going to help a friend who had been hit, the gang turned on Sinead.

She was shoved through a window, suffering horrific cuts to her arms and back.

Shards of broken glass were also embedded in her body.

Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott
Sinead Quinn who was attacked in a local take away following a night out with friends. Picture: Kevin Scott

She was taken to hospital, but released yesterday afternoon.

Her mother, Michelle, said doctors decided against operating on her back because it risked causing further damage.

Speaking at the family home in West Belfast, she said her daughter was left fearing for her life.

“She just said ‘mummy, I thought I was going to die’,” her mother told the Belfast Telegraph.

The vicious attack happened in the Turkish Kebab and Pizza House on the Andersonstown Road shortly before 2am yesterday morning.

It is understood a fight broke out between a crowd of girls outside the takeaway.

The crowd dispersed, but soon afterwards a car pulled up and three men got out.

They were brandishing sewer rods and started attacking people.

After her friend was struck, Sinead went to her aid - only for the gang to start attacking her.

One man hit her so hard that he punched her through the window.

Bystanders pulled the man off but he managed to escape, along with two other gang members.

A photograph taken moments after the attack shows horrific injuries to Sinead’s back.

Her mother explained: “She was getting something to eat after a night out and there were girls fighting outside.

“They carried on inside and then they went and got fellas, and they arrived with iron rods and started beating all around them.

“Sinead was trying to help her friend and one of the lads attacked her and punched her in the head a couple of times and put her through the window.

“She was an innocent person - nothing to do with it. She didn’t even know the people who were fighting.

“One of the boys was hitting her mate over the head with a pole, so she went to help her friend and they attacked her.”

According to her mother, Sinead is in a lot of pain.

“She needed 50 stitches, on her arm and her back,” she added.

“They were going to operate on her back because there is glass in her back, but they decided they couldn’t because it was too deep and they could end up causing her more damage.

“She’s really, really sore.”

Police are investigating and have appealed for witnesses.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Shortly before 2am on Sunday, police received a report of an assault at a food takeaway premises at Andersonstown Road.

“A young woman aged 18 was allegedly pushed through a glass window. She was taken to hospital.

“Police at Woodbourne are appealing for information.”

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