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Crossbow victim blames racists

By Bob Malcolm

A Maltese man's window has been shot through with a crossbow, in what he believes is a racist attack.

The bolt struck his double glazed window at head height, punched through it and embedded itself in a toaster at the far end of his room.

Police say a woman was in the house at the time but that she was not injured in the incident.

This latest hate crime comes a week after a Nigerian woman was attacked. A hatchet was thrown through her window in the middle of the night as her children slept upstairs.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said that his house had been raided by police prior to the incident and that they were looking for firearms.

He believes both the crossbow attack and the police raid are linked and are an attempt to intimidate him out of the area.

He said: "I lived in the Village for a year and eight months.

"I had no trouble there. We used to live in the hostel and we looked and looked for somewhere to actually live and I don't want to go back to it.

"This place is a problem, across the street a family of black people moved out recently because they were being intimidated.

"If they want me out, why fire a crossbow through a window? It could have hit me in the neck, could have killed me."

He said: "This is my life. No one can be happy if someone comes and tries to kill them.

"I have nothing against anyone, we're all under the same sky.

"I do not know what kind of person fires a crossbow at someone," he added.

A police spokesperson confirmed that police had raided the property on September 28, but that the search had ended in nothing being found.

The spokesperson said: "Detectives in south Belfast are appealing for information following an incident at a property in the Donegall Mews area off the Donegall Road on the evening of Tuesday, October 9. It was reported that at around 8.5pm a crossbow bolt was shot through the window of a flat in the area."

Detectives would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact CID in Musgrave on 0845 600 8000 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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