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Community in shock at death of West Belfast Pensioner

9 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Michael Ferguson has said that the wider West Belfast community is in a state of total shock after an elderly man died after being attacked with a bottle by a gang of drinkers outside his Fort Street home.

Mr Ferguson said:

"Firstly I would wish to extend my sympathy to this mans family and friends. His death in this manner id nothing sort of disgraceful.

"It appears that this elderly man went outside his home to challenge a group of hoods who were drinking close to his house. One of the gang then hit the man with a bottle and left him dying in the entry beside his home.

"Those responsible for this attack are beyond contempt. These sorts of groups offer nothing to this community except distress and criminality. Across West Belfast local communities have been organising themselves to confront and counteract the anti-social elements which are engaging in behaviour like this. Sinn Féin will continue to encourage and work with communities intent on challenging individuals involved in this sort of activity and ridding this communities of anti-social elements once and for all." ENDS

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