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Danielle Allen's family slams PSNI's lack of progress in assault case

By Donna Deeney

Relatives of a woman left with permanent injuries after a brutal attack have hit out at the failure to find the culprit.

Danielle Allen (30) was badly beaten, kicked and burned during the attack at her home in the Glenmore Gardens area of Limavady in July 2014.

She spent weeks in a coma and is now wheelchair-bound. No one has been charged with the assault.

Her family met the Public Prosecution Service to discuss the failure to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

A family member said they could walk past the culprit at any time and not be aware of it.

She said: "Danielle deserves justice but we don't think enough was being done, which is why we wanted this meeting with the PPS because we hadn't heard anything from the PSNI."

Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings said: "A file was submitted to the PPS, who directed no prosecution in the case.

"Following a meeting between Danielle's family and PPS, police have been asked to provide further documentation to the PPS.

"While the investigation is not currently active, if fresh information were to become available then any leads generated would be vigorously pursued."

A PPS spokesperson said that following careful consideration of evidence submitted by police, its preliminary view was that the test for prosecution was not met.

She added: "At our recent meeting with the family of Danielle, a number of important issues were raised which we considered should be referred back to the PSNI for further clarification."

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