4 June 1998 Edition

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Schoolboy battered

By Sean O'Tuama

A young nationalist schoolboy was attacked by two men as he waited for a bus on the Antrim Road, Belfast, at 5.00pm on Monday 25 May.

The Ligoniel boy, who is a pupil at St Malachy's, was standing at a bus-stop when one of the men dragged his blazer over his head and pulled him to the ground where both men began kicking him.

Fortunately, passing motorists intervened to rescue the twelve year old. However, the severity of his injuries will not be fully known until the swelling to his head and body has subsided.

The boy's mother, Christine, branded the savage attack as ``purely sectarian'' and added, ``they didn't even know my son's name but attacked him for no other reason than the fact that he was wearing a St Malachy's uniform.''

Local SF councillor, Gerard Brophy, appealed for Nationalists to be vigilant and called on those involved in these attacks to desist before someone is seriously injured or killed.

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