The father of a Derry woman whose car was destroyed by arsonists outside her Muff home last weekend believes his daughter is lucky to be alive.
Theresa Healy (29) had spent less than 48 hours in her new home in the Whitehill area when she was wakened by a load explosion at the front of her house.
“My daughter could have been killed. The Garda think what happened might have been mistaken identity,” said Theresa’s father, Liam Healy.
Theresa, who lives alone, was asleep in bed on Sunday morning when her pet dog, Junior, started barking and then she heard a loud bang.
“I didn’t know what it was at first but when I came down stairs and looked outside I couldn’t believe it.
“My car was on fire and I was in complete shock. I’ve no idea why anyone would want to do this to me.
“My sister and her boyfriend have had to stay with me every night since the attack. I don’t feel safe here anymore.
“The Gardai think it was a targeted attack but they suspect that it was a case of mistaken identity,” said Theresa.
She added: “I am a single woman, I live alone with my little dog and I work full-time in Derry - I have no enemies, I have no idea why someone would want to do this to me. If it’s a random attack, I want it to stop, if it’s a case of mistaken idenity, I want it to stop. I never want to go through anything like this ever again in my life.”
As a result of living over the border, Theresa must now pay £200 for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attending the fire and as she works in Derry she will now have to find money to buy a new car for transportation.
Theresa’s father Liam Healy was one of the first on the scene.
“My wife and I only live around the corner so I arrived within minutes of Theresa calling me. She was out in the street screaming and the next thing I knew the tyres and the petrol tank started to explode. My daughter is lucky to be alive.”
Gardai investigating the incident described it as ‘malicious’ and called for witnesses to come forward.
“We are still investigating the incident and we would ask one anyone with information or who witnessed the fire to come forward,” said a Gardai spokesperson.