Irish Independent

Victim of mysterious attack 'critical'

POLICE in the North have appealed for help in identifying a young man who remains in a critical condition in hospital after being found unconscious yesterday.

The 23-year-old was discovered with serious head and spinal injuries in the yard of premises in Barry Street, Derry, shortly before 3am yesterday. It is not yet known how he sustained his injuries.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy has been left badly beaten in an attack in east Belfast.

The teenager had been walking with two girls and another boy when four youths got out of a red car at the junction of Drumadoon Drive and Craignish Crescent in the Ballybeen estate shortly before 1.35pm on Sunday.

He sustained serious bruising and cuts to his face and head.

Earlier, graffiti mocking the controversial death three years ago of a teenage Protestant boy in north Belfast, has been painted out by nationalist residents. Nationalist residents living in the Bawnmore estate painted out the "offensive" words after they appeared on a wall at Shore Road on Saturday morning - as bandsmen held a parade in memory of the young boy's death.

Thomas McDonald (16) died after a Catholic woman knocked him off his bike in north Belfast in September, 2001, after he threw a brick at her windscreen.

Louise McCall

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