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Child rape survivor: Police know my attacker

Michael Scott

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Michael Scott

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michael.scott@newrydemocrat.com

A NEWRY woman has made the shocking claim that the police knew the identity of her alleged rapist as far back as 1994.

Simone Cunnane told the Newry Democrat of her “disappointment” at the police's failure to convict anyone for the attack which happened in a woodland near Daisy Hill Gardens when she was just eight years of age.

The young mum relived her ordeal as she spoke of her hope that her attacker will face justice as the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) explore the possibility of reopening the case.

“If the police back in 1994 had dealt with my case properly at the time they wouldn't have all of this now.

“All of my DNA that was taken from me is all gone. I have identified this man a year-and-a-half ago, so from last April it's going on,” she said.

The PSNI said that anyone with a complaint should contact the Police Ombudsman's office.

Full story in this week’s Newry Democrat.

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