New photo-fit images of child attacker revealed

June 10, 2014

Police investigating the attempted murder and rape of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in Newry in 1994 have marked the 20th Anniversary of the attack by issuing new photo-fit images of the suspect.

The child had been playing with a seven-year-old boy in the Barcroft area on Friday 10th June 1994 when they were approached by a stranger believed to have been aged in his late teens or early twenties.

The man lured the children away on the pretext of helping to search for his brother, before isolating the girl from her friend and taking her to a secluded, wooded area at the rear of Pound Road, known locally as Bull’s Hill.  There the young victim was subjected to a prolonged attack during which she was tied to a tree, raped and viciously assaulted.  She required hospital treatment for her injuries.

Last year detectives re-opened the case and appealed for information from the public.  Now, on the 20th anniversary of the horrific attack, they ask anyone who may have information and has not already contacted police, or those who initially came forward at the time but have not made contact since, to get in touch with the enquiry team.

They are particularly keen to identify a couple who met the little boy who had been playing with the victim and was in a distressed state, leaving the area of woodland on the day of the incident.  They also wish to identify two male youths who had been playing at the Barcroft Community Centre that day.

These people, or anyone with information in relation to the crime, should contact detectives at PSNI Serious Crime Branch on 028 3836 6274 or the Independent Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.