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16 April 1998 Edition

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Seriously ill after loyalist attack

By Mick Naughton.

As 12 year old nationalist child David Goodall lies seriously ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital after being attacked by a loyalist mob on the Crumlin Road his family have reported that a neurosurgeon has been brought in to treat him.

David was left with a fractured skull after being struck on the head by a brick. A 50 strong loyalist gang came out of Cambrai Street off Crumlin Road on Monday 6 April and attacked the district with bricks and missiles gathered from the old Ewarts Mill which is presently being demolished.

Local residents reported seeing what they described as ``grown men'' hurling missiles at schoolchildren who were leaving a nearby youth club. Eventually the loyalists were driven off but concern has arisen that this type of loyalist attack from a notorious flashpoint could be repeated. Residents are now calling for the demolition site to be properly secured.

An aunt of the injured boy whose husband, Martin Murphy, died recently after suffering horrific injuries when he was injured on the Oldpark Road by the British army during the Drumcree disturbances last July, said the latest attack brought back terrible memories of hospital visits.

Teresa Murphy said, ``we have been trying to get on with our lives but David's injuries and the viciousness and sectarianism displayed by these loyalists has brought it all back.''
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