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16-year-old Irish boy seriously sexually assaulted after leaving city park

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
16-year-old Irish boy seriously sexually assaulted after leaving city park

A 16-year-old boy has been the victim of a serious sexual assault near a park in Belfast, with one man arrested.

The incident happened on a pathway near the Ardmonagh Family Centre in Turf Lodge.

The boy left his friends in the park at around 1am when he was followed by a man shouting "come here" before grabbing and sexually assaulting the victim.

The victim then made his way to a police station and was brought back to the scene, as he could not remember exactly where the attack took place.

An item of clothing was retrieved from the scene and is currently being examined by police. 

A man in his 30s who was arrested remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Zoe McKee said: “I would like to thank the local community for their continued help and support during this investigation. I would urge anyone who has any further information about this incident to contact Detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 158 16/07/16.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Speaking to Belfast Live, the victim's sister said: "He had just left his friends and was walking home by himself.

"The man had been following him and shouting 'come here, come here'. My brother was scared.

"He just kept walking on because obviously he didn't know him and the fellow kept shouting at him, but my brother is shy, he wouldn't just stop and talk to anyone.

"Then the next thing he knew the fellow came running up behind him and grabbed him by the back of the T-shirt and trailed him into the bushes, and pulled down his trousers.

"He was crying his eyes out, he ended up managing to get away and ran home, and the man was shouting after him, he was in a terrible state."