A Limavady mum who is registered blind has made an appeal to be left in peace after bricks were hurled through the front window of her home.
Gemma Holmes and her partner, Liam Devine, have rented privately for some time, but were delighted when they were recently allocated a Housing Executive
The home in Glenmore Gardens is close to Gemma’s mum and grandparents.
“I’m losing my sight and I have two young boys, so I need the support of my family,” said Gemma.
On Good Friday night Liam was sitting in the living room when bricks were hurled at the house.
“I was sitting at the computer and suddenly there was a crash through the window and a brick hit my back, and then there was another,” said Liam. “My back is sore from it but, if it had of hit me on the head, I could have been killed.”
Luckily, Gemma was not in the house that night as the heating was broken, and she was staying with her mum with the boys. She said the incident, however, has left her feeling anxious.
“You feel vulnerable enough when you are losing your sight but, for this to happen, it doesn’t make me feel any better,” said Gemma. “A home should be somewhere where you feel safe.”
The couple say they keep to themselves and want to live in peace.
“I’m going blind and, to the people that did this, I would say you don’t know what it’s like to be in my shoes. I suffer from anxiety because of my eyesight. I don’t need another worry,” said Gemma, adding: “It’s not right to be throwing bricks at any house, at any time. I don’t know why this happened - maybe they thought someone else lived here. I hope this is just a one-off attack. I pray it is.”
A Housing Executive spokesperson said: “We can confirm our out of hours response maintenance team were called after an incident on 4 April to secure the living room window. We have requested toughened glass to be installed which has to be specially ordered. Installation will be completed as soon as the glass arrives.”
The PSNI say they are investigating the criminal damage and appeal for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.