Hairdresser speaks of horrific attack

WOODSIDE HEIGHTS ATTACK. . . .A PSNI officer stands guard outside the cordon at the Woodside Heights yesterday afternoon. DER1715MC088
WOODSIDE HEIGHTS ATTACK. . . .A PSNI officer stands guard outside the cordon at the Woodside Heights yesterday afternoon. DER1715MC088

A hairdresser has described how she was repeatedly punched in the face at the door of her home in the Waterside.

Germaine McBride spoke today about the horrific attack on both herself and a client at her home in Woodside Heights on Thursday morning.

The 33-year-old had to have an x-ray at Altnagelvin Hospital after her nose was cracked by her attacker.

Staff at the hospital where unable to tell whether Germaine’s nose was broken or not because it was so swollen and the Derry woman will now have to return for another scan.

Germaine told the Journal she was still shaken after the ordeal this afternoon.

Describing what happened, she said: “I was just doing someone’s hair when he came up to the door.

“He demanded the keys and he hit me about six times in the head. He cracked my nose.

“Whenever he punched me the first time I fell back against the door.

“He leaned over me and kept hitting me.”

Germaine said she called back into the house for the other woman to phone the police and the lady came over to see what was going on.

Germaine then ran over to her neighbour’s house ,knocking on her door and calling for her to get the police before going back to her own home.

By this stage the man had entered the house and assaulted the second woman, taking her handbag and car keys and making off in the client’s car.

The man and another man had earlier arrived in the estate in a red car, which they abandoned.

Germaine said: “When they got out of the car they looked wild suspicious and I said ‘them men don’t look right’.

“I thought maybe they were trying to take my neighbours dog.

“I went out to lock my door but by the time I got to the door he had it half open.”

She added that despite feeling sore as a result of her injuries, she had still decided to take on a few appointments.

“I am pretty shaken up by it all but I’m going to try and keep myself busy,” she said.

SDLP Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan condemned those responsible for the assault on the two women,

He said: “The vast majority of people in Derry are horrified at the news of this vicious and cowardly attack.

“That a hairdresser and her client were subjected to such a terrifying and unprovoked attack is nothing short of appalling.”

A PSNI spokeswoman meanwhile yesterday confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the vehicle theft in Woodside Heights and another earlier incident in Donemana.

She said: “Police have arrested two men aged 32 and 37 following an attempted armed robbery at business premises in the Lisnaragh Road area of Donemana and the theft of a vehicle from a house in the Woodside Heights area of Derry/Londonderry this morning, Thursday, 30 April.

“Police would appeal to anyone who may have any information about either of these incidents to contact Detectives at Strand Road 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.”