Belfast Telegraph

House attacker stabs man in head

By John Mulgrew

A man has been stabbed in the head and back during an attack at his home.

He was injured as he answered the door at his north Belfast home at around 10.30pm on Tuesday.

His wife also suffered a gash to her arm during the attack at Joanmount Park.

The couple — believed to be in their 20s — received hospital treatment for their injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Their attacker was described by police as being in his late 20s and of slim build.

He was wearing a black hat and a tracksuit.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

North Belfast MLA William Humphrey said it was lucky that the young family had avoided much more serious injuries.

“It’s such a tragic thing to have happened,” he said.

“This sort of thing has happened to a young family and we are very lucky it’s not something more serious,” added the DUP man.

“It’s not something that would normally happen in that area. I would appeal for anyone with information to please contact police.”

Elsewhere, an elderly woman in her 70s and her daughter have escaped serious injury after a man robbed their home in Newry.

The attack happened in the Glenvale Crescent area of the city on Tuesday evening.

At around 8pm one man entered the house and was involved in a struggle with those in the property.

He then made off with a sum of cash and stole a navy Audi A5 coupe.

The pair were not seriously injured during the attack.

SDLP MLA for the area Dominic Bradley said the mother and daughter were left shaken with some injuries, but were coping well.

“I called down to see them and they are in good spirits,” he added.

“They did sustain some minor injuries and are a bit sore but they are probably grateful things weren’t worse — their spirits are good and they are being supported by their family.

“It’s not something we want to see.

“I would condemn this burglary which happened in such a quiet area.”

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