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DERRY THUGS STAB GAY MAN.

Byline: LIZ TRAINOR

A GAY man was stabbed at his home in Derry in the latest vicious assault on homosexuals in the city.

The incident happened at Corrody Road in the Waterside area at about 7am yesterday.

It's understood the 20-year-old man had invited a few people in his company back to his house after a night out, but a row broke out and he was beaten, kicked and stabbed in the stomach by another man.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Three women were also in the house at the time.

Police investigating the incident are appealing for anyone who saw two men and three women cross the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge heading towards the Waterside between 4am and 5am to contact them.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen one man and two women cross the upper deck of the bridge heading toward the city at around 7am.

The incident is just the latest in a series of violent homophobic attacks in the city in recent weeks.

Election candidate Eamonn McCann fumed: "This is another sickening attack which has disgusted people in Derry."

Police figures released last month showed gay-hate incidents in Northern Ireland had doubled from 35 to 71 in 2002-2003.

In March, PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde was told that police had to crack down on rising levels of homophobic attacks.

It was announced by the Policing Board that such incidents were to be tackled.

A 20 year-old man, meanwhile, is to appear before magistrates tomorrow charged with attempted murder in connection with the assault.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2004
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