Belfast Telegraph

Children at home as mother is raped by masked men

By Anne Madden

Women in the Craigavon area have been warned to be on their guard after a young mother was raped by two masked men who broke into her house.

The victim was treated in hospital for injuries suffered in the attack that happened when her three children - aged two, three and seven months - were in the house at the time.

Police have appealed for help in tracking down the attackers who broke into the woman's house in the Monbrief area of Craigavon, Co Armagh, last Thursday night where she was looking after her two toddlers and baby.

The distraught mother reported the attack at 10.10pm at her home in Drumbeg South and was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital where she received treatment.

The men were unknown to the woman, one of whom was wearing a balaclava.

Police have issued an urgent appeal for information about the incident and released a detailed description of the men who both spoke with local accents.

One was 6ft 6ins tall, of thin build and had large brown eyes. He wore a dark, V-necked T-shirt, black tight-fitting trousers like jeans and dark trainer-style boots. He was wearing distinctive gloves which were made from a dark leather suede material with wool between the fingers. He wore a khaki green monkey hat pulled down to his eyes and a dark scarf or snood to just below his eyes. The attacker also had a tattoo on one of his arms which has a black outline with a green background.

The other assailant was described as stout and about 5ft 10ins tall. He wore dark clothing and a balaclava covering his face.

Eileen Calder, from the Rape Crisis Centre, urged anyone who had information about the attack to contact detectives.

"This is a horrific attack," she said. "I would really hope that people in the community will do their best to help."

A police spokesman said there was no robbery during the incident and that detectives are pursuing all lines of enquiry.

Anyone with information can contact detectives at the rape crime unit at Mahon Road in Portadown on 0845 600 800 or confidentially at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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