Woman fighting for her life after ‘brutal homophobic attack’ with cordless drill

File photo. Police are investigating the incident.

A woman was left fighting for her life in Northern Ireland after she was attacked with a cordless drill in a suspected homophobic attack.

The 38-year-old victim was assaulted with a cordless drill in Strabane, Northern Ireland, at around 2 AM this morning, May 5.

She sustained a very serious head injury and was taken to hospital where her condition at present is described as critical but stable.

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the attack.

The 17-year-old male suspect was detained by police a short distance away from the scene, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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


PSNI added: “We are exploring a possible homophobic motive for the crime and we are appealing for witnesses to get in touch with us.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a male carrying a drill in the area at around the time of the assault and we would especially like to speak to anyone who may have captured footage, either on mobile phone or dashcam.

“Anyone with such footage or any other information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police in Strabane on 101, quoting reference number 153 05/05/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

SDLP assembly member for West Tyrone, Daniel McCrossan, said: “I am absolutely horrified by this assault. This kind of sickening behaviour has no place in society.

“I would ask the community to give the PSNI the space they need to carry out their investigation swiftly and throughly. I would also appeal to anyone who may have information about this assault to contact crimestoppers immediately.

“My thoughts are with the victim and her family.”