Mum fears UVF will kill her after being held at gunpoint with baby
A west Belfast mum has said that she fears being killed by the UVF after masked men broke into her house and pointed a gun at her and her baby.
The woman, aged in her twenties told the Irish News that she knew at least two of the men who entered her Mountjoy Street home on Thursday evening.
Police have confirmed that a man, woman and child were threatened in their Belfast home by a gang armed with metal bars and a suspected firearm on Thursday around 10pm.
They are treating the incident as an aggravated burglary.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, told the Irish News that up to five men entered her home and told her and her partner to "leave the Shankill or else".
After recognising two of the men, the woman wanted to provide their names to police, but said she first wanted to establish if it is safe to do so.
The woman, originally from east Belfast, told the Irish News that the men claimed to be from the Shankill Road UVF.
“The front door was closed but not locked so they just walked in and said: ‘We’re the Shankill Road UVF.’," she said.
“The last one in pointed a gun at me and my daughter. He told me not to move. My daughter was as traumatised as I was. She was screaming.
“The other men went into the kitchen and held a gun to my partner’s head."
The woman said she felt her life was at risk.
“I’m really fearful for my life. I don’t think the police are doing enough to protect us and I don’t think that loyalist community workers are doing enough to protect me and my daughter," she said.
“There was no robbery reported. It was intimidation, I’ve been told I need a police escort just to go back for my belongings.”
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd told UTV that "it's too early to say who would have been involved in the incident".
“What it isn’t too early to say, however, is that it is another example of how paramilitary groupings – if that’s who was involved – break into people’s homes and, like the dissident republicans putting contractors under threat, seek to put people in harm’s way and put people in fear,” he said.
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