Woman distressed after being struck with hammer by masked gang

A woman was left very distressed after being beaten with hammers by a gang of masked men in Derry.

By Kevin Mullan
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 9:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 9:29 am

Detectives are investigating the incident in Fountain Hill last night.

Detective Sergeant Ballentine from Strand Road Criminal Investigation Branch said the incident at a flat was reported at around 10.15pm, and is reported to have occurred just minutes earlier and involved six men.

Four of these masked men forced entry to the property, while the two other men remained outside during the incident.

Fountain Hill

Detective Sergeant Ballentine said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who sustained minor injuries. She was attacked in her home, a place where she deserves to feel safe, and, understandably, she is very distressed.

"While we’ve made a number of enquiries into this incident, which we are investigating as an aggravated burglary, working to establish who was involved and a motive, we're appealing to anyone who may have information about what happened, and who has not yet spoken with us, to get in touch. In particular, we want to hear from anyone who saw these men in the area, between 10.05pm and 10.15pm."

Once inside the flat, the attackers forced entry to a room where they struck the female occupant, aged in her forties, on her leg and hands with weapons, including hammers. They also caused extensive damage to the flat by smashing windows, doors and other furnishings before making off in the direction of Top of the Hill.

The number to call with information is 101, quoting reference number 2098 of 14/06/22.

You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/