‘Disgusting creature’ threw petrol bomb at home of man with learning difficulties

Attack in Co Down condemned as ‘sickening’ by PSNI

A PSNI spokesman said a vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was woken by the sound of his upstairs bedroom window smashing in as he lay in bed.

A PSNI spokesman said a vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was woken by the sound of his upstairs bedroom window smashing in as he lay in bed.

 

A petrol bomb attack on the home of a man with severe learning difficulties has been described as “sickening” by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The incident happened at Hillview Terrace in Banbridge, Co Down about 5.30am this morning.

“A vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was woken by the sound of his upstairs bedroom window smashing in as he lay in bed,” a PSNI spokesman said.

“This was immediately followed by a petrol bomb, thrown at the hole in the now broken window. Thankfully, the disgusting creature who threw it missed, and it set alight against the outside of the window and the window sill below.”

The alarm was raised by a passing taxi driver.

“When such attacks occur, there is often speculation. Let us be clear — we know of no reason why this man would be targeted. Having spoken to neighbours, they also are baffled, and understandably alarmed and angry,” the PSNI spokesman said.

“This could well be a prime example of why vigilante action and indeed gangland feuding is so dangerous to the wider innocent public and imprecise.

“Whoever carried out this horrific attempt on an innocent life should have nowhere to hide. If they had been slightly more accurate with their second throw, literally inches to one side, we could be dealing with a murder scene.”

The attack has been condemned by politicians from all parties in the North.

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd described it as “disgraceful” and urged anyone with information to contact the police.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said it was “disgusting and despicable”.

Police have appealed for information about a small dark car seen leaving the area.

Detectives are also asking for any dashboard camera footage from around the time of the attack.