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GAY-BASH HATE GANG BITE MUM; 60-yr-old and son hurt in attack.


A PENSIONER was bitten in the arm trying to save her gay son from a hate mob.

And the 60-year-old has blamed the DUP's Iris Robinson for fuelling anti-gay prejudice.

She ran from her house to save her son after he was attacked while returning with his boyfriend from his niece's birthday party.

Her son, 26, was badly beaten and treated in hospital after the attack in Maghera, Co Derry, and has not been able to return to work.

His mum said: "We're all still in shock. My son's friend came running into the house screaming for me to come and help. When I went down the road I saw a gang standing over him kicking and beating him and shouting stuff like 'Faggot and gay b*****d'.

"It's very frightening to see your son on the ground like that. I went to pull these boys off him and one of them just bit me. All you can describe them as is animals, they are savages. It's not the first time he was attacked, he had stitches and black eyes before."

When she brought her son home, the gang laid siege to the house.

She added: "I didn't know what to do. My daughter and her two children were staying with me for the weekend. My wee granddaughter was terrified.

"I was trying to see to my son's injuries while my daughter took care of my husband who had taken a turn. We didn't know what to do, it was so frightening, we felt trapped."

They only fled when an ambulance arrived to take her husband, who had suffered a suspected heart attack, to hospital.

Strangford Assembly member Mrs Robinson sparked controversy during the summer when she described homosexuality as an "abomination".

The mother added: "I believe Iris Robinson's comments have fuelled prejudice."

A PSNI spokeswoman said inquiries into last Sunday's attack are continuing.

I saw a gang kicking and beating him. All you can describe them as is animals, they are savages

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2008
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