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Pictures are released of Child Sex Attack suspect

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pictures are released of Child Sex Attack suspect thumbnailPOLICE have released this image of the suspect in a horrific case that dates back to 1994. DEM2575

POLICE have issued fresh images of a man they want to speak to in relation to attempted murder and serious sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl in Newry 20 years ago.
On this day in 1994, the little girl was lured away from Barcroft Community Centre and taken to nearby woodland in Daisy Hill Nursery where she was victim of a serious and prolonged sexual assault. The attacker then attempted to strangle the girl before leaving her for dead hanging from a tree.
The attack sent shockwaves through the community and the investigation was reopened by police last year.
Now detectives have released two new images of the suspect on the 20th anniversary of the attack.
A police spokesperson said: "The little girl had been playing with a seven-year-old boy in an area of trees at Barcroft Community Centre when she was approached by a stranger, aged in his late teens or early 20s, who asked them to help find his brother.
“The pair went with the male and were separated in woodland behind the community centre. The victim was subjected to a prolonged and violent sexual attack."
Detectives are appealing to members of the public who may have information and have not already contacted police to phone the enquiry team.
They would like to hear from any member of the public who initially came forward in 1994 but has not made contact with the enquiry team since.
Detectives are also keen to identify the couple who met the little boy who had been with the victim and was in a distressed state, leaving the area of woodland on the day of the incident and two young males who had been playing at the Community Centre on the day of the incident.
They are appealing to these people and anyone with information to contact detectives at PSNI Serious Crime Branch on 028 3836 6274.
If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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