TWO young men have alleged they were the victims of sectarian assaults in two separate incidents in Castlederg at the weekend. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning in Castlederg town centre.
Local councillor Derek Hussey, who represents the Derg Electoral Area on the new Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the men were attacked and had sectarian insults hurled at them.
The UUP representative told the Strabane Chronicle, “I have been contacted by a very distraught local family in regard to two assaults at different locations. In both instances the same two young men reported being assaulted, firstly in the vicinity of the town’s Main Street Ulster Bank and latterly whilst walking along the Killeter Road close to the local Credit Union. Despite the locations there is no suggestion that the motive was robbery.”
“After socialising in Castlederg on the Saturday evening, one of the victims had gone to an ATM where he and his companion have said that they were physically assaulted by a group and verbal sectarian insults,were directed at both young men. Having managed to escape from this attack they both again reported being attacked about 15 to 20 minutes later, in a similar manner, by a smaller group whilst making their way to the home of one the victims.”
Cllr Hussey added that the physical and verbal assaults have been reported to the PSNI by both victims and stated they also sought medical examination in regard to possible injuries.
He said he was “dismayed” by the incidents and called for anyone with information to make it known to the police.