Shooting victim speaks of Ordeal

Michael Furey pictured in Altnagelvin Hospital. DER3415MC009
Michael Furey pictured in Altnagelvin Hospital. DER3415MC009

A Derry man has spoken of how masked men burst into a house in the city and shot him while he was having a cup of tea.

Michael Durey (30) was speaking from his hospital bed in Altnagelvin Hospital before being discharged at the weekend.

The shooting occurred at around 10.25pm on Wednesday night at a house in the Corrib Court area of Ballymagroarty.

Mr Durey said his girlfriend, who is six months pregnant, and her two children aged 18 and 10, were also in the kitchen at the time.

Mr Durey said: “I was drinking a cup of tea at the kitchen table.

“The front door burst in and there was a whole commotion.

“I was hit in the head with an iron bar and shot in the leg.”

Mr Durey said he could recall little about what happened next, and that his partner was taken up the stairs during the incident.

The episode had left his partner and children badly shaken, he confirmed ,but added that they were “grand now”.

Mr Durey said the injuries have left him feeling very sore and would take some time heal: “The doctor said to me yesterday, everything being well you are talking six to 12 weeks.”

No-one has yet claimed responsibilty for the attack on Mr Durey and no motive has been established.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the assault to contact them. Detective Inspector Conor McStravick appealed to anyone with information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.