‘Ditch sinister kangaroo courts’- Ramsey

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey. (2307C39a)
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey. (2307C39a)

SDLP Foyle MLA has warned those responsible for shooting a teenager five times that their actions are “sinister and unwelcome”.

The 18-year-old man was today being treated in hospital after being shot five times in the legs in Creggan last night.

He was subjected to the paramilitary style attack in the Rathlin Drive area.

A PSNI spokesman today confirmed: “Shortly after 11.20pm, it was reported that an 18 year-old-male received three gun shot wounds to his right leg and two gunshot wounds to his left leg.

“He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injuries, that are not believed to be life threatening. Enquiries are continuing.”

Condemning the attack, Mr Ramsey said there is no place for vigilante justice here.

“No one wants vigilantes carrying out kangaroo courts or punishment attacks in Derry but, instead, people want law and order and due process through the courts,” he said.

“There is no evidence the victims of these attacks are guilty of any crime, and nothing can justify such an attack.

“We must put our faith in the law of the land, not the law of the jungle.

“These attacks are wrong, unjust and unfair, and I call on those responsible for these attacks to stop immediately. These people are not representative of the people of Derry.

“This latest attack is part of a pattern. It confirms undemocratic elements in the community are attempting to get control and gain influence. This is sinister and unwelcome.”

Mr Ramsey added: “Derry knows well from the past there are those who masquerade as defenders of the community only to abuse and hurt the community.

“People need to be strong and continue helping the police identify and pursue those responsible for these assaults.

“We hope that the young man can recover, and that his family comes to terms with this traumatic experience.

“This has been a bad week for Derry; for the people who call this city their home and for those who do business here.

“Those who think they are working towards a cause need to understand the people of this city have suffered enough in the past, and they do not want or deserve anymore disruption or violence in Derry.”

Detectives in Foyle are appealing for anyone with information about the shooting or who witnessed the episode to come forward.

The spokesman said: “Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”