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Widow ‘who was the victim of a race-hate campaign’ wins legal bid over house sale

Loyalist paramilitaries are believed to have been behind the attacks and intimidation, court hears.

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A new High Court judge has been appointed in Northern Ireland. (PA)

A new High Court judge has been appointed in Northern Ireland. (PA)

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A new High Court judge has been appointed in Northern Ireland. (PA)

A widow whose house in Belfast was burned down as part of a suspected race-hate campaign has won a legal battle against being denied the chance to sell it through an emergency scheme.

The High Court quashed a decision to refuse to buy the woman’s bungalow and directed the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to reconsider her application.

The woman, who cannot be identified, claims the property was at one stage destroyed by arsonists and repeatedly vandalised because her late husband was a foreign national.


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