Creggan woman ‘mentally tortured’

Louise O'Connell pictured at her Circular Road home yesterday morning, after gunshots were fired through her front door at the weekend. The blast penetrated the front door and also the vestibule door. In her hand are objects also used in attacking the property. DER4814MC001
Louise O'Connell pictured at her Circular Road home yesterday morning, after gunshots were fired through her front door at the weekend. The blast penetrated the front door and also the vestibule door. In her hand are objects also used in attacking the property. DER4814MC001
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A woman whose house was attacked by a man with a shotgun on Friday has appealed to those behind the attack to leave her in peace.

Louise O’Connell claims she has been subject to acts of “intimidation” for years.

Damage to the vestibule door. DER4814MC003

Damage to the vestibule door. DER4814MC003

“I just want to be left in peace. The intimidation and harassment has gone on for far too long. I am at my wits end so that’s why I decided to do this interview with the Derry Journal.

“I want people out there to know what I have had to endure for the last eight years. It’s been mental torture and now my wee grandchildren are so scared that they won’t come up to my house.

“I have tried to sort this issue out but it keeps on happening. I received phone-calls of a sexual nature, my dog has been poisoned and I’ve had my oil tank cut open,” claimed Louise.

Louise said she no longer feels safe in her home but is refusing to move.

“I’ve been here all my life and I won’t be leaving. This is my family home. It’s got to the stage that I no longer feel safe so I have had to install security cameras to record everything that’s going on.”

Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Kevin Campbell sympathised with Louise and called on those behind the attack to stop immediately.

“I can’t condemn this kind of attack strong enough. This type of thing has no place in our community.

“Not only are those behind the attack terrorising a woman who lives alone they are terrorising the entire community.

“Louise has told me that neighbours have expressed concern over what happened.

“I would call on those behind this attack to stop before someone is seriously injured or even worse.”

Police in Derry have asked anyone with information to contact CID at Strand Road on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.