Mother’s appeal after man’s alleged rape

Garda call for enquiry.
Garda call for enquiry.

A Derry mother yesterday described how her son had been abducted against his will before being raped on a Donegal country lane.

The attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday May 5.

The victim, who is in his twenties, was offered a lift in a silver car from the Heather Road/Elaghmore area.

The young man subsequently described to his mother and police how he was then driven along the Skeogh Road, past Lenamore Breakers Yard, the stables and past the Rock Bar before pulling into Peppers Diner in Bridgend.

After a short stop there, the car was driven onto a back road leading to Inch Island, It is known locally as ‘The Watery Road’ in the townland of Carnashannagh.

It was there the attack, lasting approximately one hour, is alleged to have taken place.

After what’s been described as a harrowing ordeal the victim was then driven home to his estate in Derry. He was dropped off at Kelly’s Shop in Ferndale Road. From there he rang his family to come get him.

His mother said: “He remembers nothing of the journey home as he was in shock. We believe he may have been sat at that shop on his own for sometime.

“This man knows where my son lives. What if he waits for him? He just has to be caught before he can do any more evil. My son couldn’t even make a statement to male Garda, he had to request female officers only.


“I would beg anyone who thinks they may have any information, any little detail, to contact the police. Don’t keep this to yourself as this man will strike again. What if there are other victims? What if they are younger than my son?”

The attacker is described as middle aged, small about 5’6,” stocky and balding and was driving a silver car, believed to be a Vauxhaul.

The incident has been reported to both An Garda Siochana and the PSNI.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Any queries in relation to this investigation should be directed to the An Garda Siochana. The PSNI will continue to provide assistance to our colleagues in the Republic when asked.”

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: “We are investigating an alleged incident of sexual assault in the early hours of May 5. CCTV footage will be viewed as part of that investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Buncrana Gardai on 00353 74 932 0540.