‘Brutal’ assault.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

‘Brutal’ assault. thumbnailJonney Graham is recovering from an assault in Kilkeel this month.

A KILKEEL man who was brutally attacked waited nearly 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive according to his fiancée while two off-duty nurses monitored him.

And on Friday Newry, Mourne and Down District Council made the decision that town-centre CCTV should no longer be provided in Kilkeel as well as in Newcastle, Warrenpoint and Newry.

Council said the decision "comes as crime levels throughout the district continue at low levels" and "equipment used has reached the end of its useful life".

The assault happened on Newry Street in Kilkeel and the man's fiancée is urging anyone with information to come forward and speak to the police.

Jonney Graham (43) was unconscious for three-and-a-half hours and sustained a shattered forearm, broken wrist, swelling to the head and brain and is due further MRI scans.

His fiancee, Kerri Owen praised the nurses who came to his aid: "Praises to those two nurses, they are good Samaritans who did their profession proud. I didn't get their names but would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for what they did that night."

Meanwhile, Mournes Independent Unionist Councillor Henry Reilly said he was appalled that a gang of people would attack an individual and argued that the CCTV surveillance should be retained.

"The benefit of having a properly functioning CCTV service is paramount in cases such as this one. I believe the CCTV surveillance needs to retained throughout the area, if even at the weekends."


More details in The County Down Outlook Newspaper


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