Belfast Telegraph

Monday 31 August 2015

‘Racist thugs drove me to the brink of suicide’

Published 04/05/2009

Rosemary Brady with a picture of her boyfriend Brij Sharma who was killed in Moneymore in 2004
Rosemary Brady with a picture of her boyfriend Brij Sharma who was killed in Moneymore in 2004

The devastated lover of an Asian shopkeeper killed in a suspected racist attack tried to take her own life in a bid to be reunited with him.

Rosemary Brady says she is still haunted by the sight of her partner Brij Sharma, a 37-year-old father of two, dying on the street after he was killed outside her Moneymore home in 2004.

And in an interview with Sunday Life she has told how, in the months following the death of the Belfast grocer, thugs who were friendly with the men responsible for his killing hounded her and drove her to the brink of suicide.

“They tortured me, they smashed my windows, they really left me terrified,” the mother of one said, describing how she was forced to leave her home. “I just could not cope. I tried to commit suicide.”

Rosemary ran from the house moments after Brij was attacked and heard his attackers brand him a “Paki b******” as he lay dying. When the case reached court, Brij’s attacker, Stephen McGlone (25) of Woodvale Crescent, Moneymore, was sentenced to 17 months in jail for manslaughter.

Last week Mr Sharma’s brother Bharat criticised prosecutors for not pursuing an alleged racial motive for the killing.

“How he got a sentence of 17 months is unbelievable to me,” Rosemary agreed. “You could get more for a driving conviction.”

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