Teen charged over power-drill attack on woman in Northern Ireland

Alicia Farmer
May 8, 2018

'This was a brutal attack and the injuries sustained by the victim are extremely grave, ' said Detective Sergeant Brian Reid.

According to local law enforcement, is considered homophobic motive for the crime.

She said that the attacker, whose name hasn't been released because he's 17-years-old, held her down in the street and that she could hear the sound of the cordless drill and felt her head was being "twisted".

The attack occurred on Saturday, when Brenda McLaughlin was making her way home from Ruby's nightclub in Strabane, Northern Ireland.

A teenage boy was arrested after a 38-year-old woman suffered a "very serious" head injury, police said.

Officers have yet to establish a definite motive but on Sunday police confirmed that one line of enquiry remained that it was potentially a homophobic attack.

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Mother-of-one Brenda McLaughlin was attacked by a person wielding the cordless drill as she walked home alone at 2am from a night out at a bar in Railway Street, Strabane, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Assembly member (MLA) Daniel McCrossan said he was "absolutely horrified by this assault", which he described as "monstrous".

There is no place for hate crime of any kind in our society and if this report is true then this barbaric attack is all the more reprehensible.

"I would ask the community to give the PSNI the space they need to carry out their investigation swiftly and throughly".

"My thoughts are with the woman and her family".

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