Couple’s home targeted in daylight arson attack

May 11, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A Newry couple are reluctant to return to their home after an arson attack caused extensive damage to the property and robbed them of many of their personal possessions.

The family’s home in Lisdrum Avenue in Newry was targeted shortly before 11.30am on Friday morning.  No one was in the semi-detached property at the time when a window at the side of the house was broken and a petrol bomb thrown inside.

Substantial fire damage was caused to one room while the remainder of the house suffered smoke damage.  Many personal artefacts and items of sentimental value, along with clothes and furniture, have been destroyed.

It is believed the attack is being linked to an incident on Friday April 30th when a family member’s car parked outside the same property was destroyed in a firebomb attack.

Speaking to The Examiner, the homeowners’ daughter said her parents have been left devastated by the malicious attack and are reluctant to return to the home they have lived in for more than twenty years.  They have had to move in with relatives while they seek alternative accommodation.

She says they believe they know the identity of the culprit and that Friday’s attack is the latest in an orchestrated campaign of threats and intimidation where several family members have been physically assaulted and threatened.  A number of cars belonging to the family have also been firebombed.

She claims that such is the intensity of the vendetta, some of the family moved away to escape the anguish of the protracted period of intimidation.

Records of all incidents have been reported to police but she says the family feels let down by their response and have recently taken their case to the Ombudsman’s office.

Police say they are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone who was in the Lisdrum Avenue area of Newry on Friday morning between 10.40am and 1130am and noticed anyone acting suspiciously to contact them at Newry on 0845 600 8000.