Pair bailed in ‘Brook pensioner hook attack probe

September 7, 2015

A man and a woman arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a Bessbrook pensioner last weekend have been released on bail as detectives continue their enquiries.

The 25-year-old woman and a man aged 26 were arrested in Newry on Friday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Eugene Carr, who is aged in his 70s and disabled, remains critically ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.  The defenseless pensioner sustained serious injuries in an horrific attack by intruders who broke into his home in the early hours of Monday last.  Police have since revealed they believe the assailants used a hook to carry out the attack.

Mr Carr was dragged from his bed in his Clogharevan Park home before being beaten with a ‘sharp implement’, believed to be a hook.

Police were alerted after Mr Carr’s neighbours heard his cries for help and the frail pensioner was taken to hospital in a critical condition, having sustained a number of wounds.

Investigating the shocking incident, Detective Inspector David Henderson said police have a few leads but would like anyone with information they think may be relevant to contact them.

“This was a vile and terrifying attack on a vulnerable man in his own home, in the dead of night.  We have heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and we are grateful for their help, however we are keen to speak to others who have not yet come forward,” he said.

“We know from CCTV that there were several vehicles travelling on the McShane’s Road at around the time the three men made their escape from the gentleman’s home.  I would like to appeal specifically to any motorist who was travelling on that stretch of road between 1.30am and 3.30am and who may have seen the three men or anything else that could be useful to investigators,” he added.

It’s believed the assailants stole a sum of cash during the robbery.

Sinn Féin councillor Roisin Mulgrew says the attack has sparked “utter revulsion” in the community, adding it is imperative that the culprits are caught quickly.

“People who are capable of this level of barbarity are a very real danger to society and they must be caught quickly,” she said.

“I’d urge everyone from the area to think hard about where they were when the attack happened and if they noticed anything at all that could help police apprehend these monsters before anyone else is hurt.

“There is utter revulsion in the community at this attack and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim of this harrowing experience,” she added.

Bessbrook SDLP Councillor Kate Loughran said she is “disgusted and repulsed” by the crime.

“This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable in any society and I hope that the person or persons responsible will be brought before the law without delay.  The community in Bessbrook is stunned by the attack on this man, who suffered very serious injuries. I want to join with them in wishing him a speedy recovery and I would very much urge anyone who has any information that would help the police to apprehend whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to come forward to the PSNI without any delay whatsoever,” she said.