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'we could be dead' Video captures shocking moment husband and wife are attacked by thugs in Dungannon

The woman says she was repeatedly kicked and punched by around “20 young fellas” who left her with a hole in her mouth which she can put her tongue through

A mum-of-two has issued a heart-breaking appeal to catch the thugs who battered her and her husband last Saturday night in Dungannon.

Video footage on social media appears to show the shocking brawl which she says broke out after the couple left a well-known pub just after 9pm.

The woman says she was repeatedly kicked and punched by around “20 young fellas” who left her with a hole in her mouth which she can put her tongue through.

And she says her and her husband “could have been killed” in what she says was an unprovoked attack.

The disturbing footage shows a number of men, many dressed in white shirts and black ties, reigning punches and kicks on the couple and their broth-in-law.

The footage doesn’t show what sparked the terrifying incident, but the woman took to Facebook to appeal for witnesses and video footage to be passed onto the PSNI.

Today the PSNI told the Sunday World they were appealing for information and confirmed they had arrested an 18-year-old on suspicion of common assault, and he had been bailed pending further enquiries.

They also said four people had sustained a number of injuries.

The woman started the four-minute Facebook video, which has been shared more than 1,800 times, explaining how she had booked a babysitter from 5-10pm and had decided to go into Dungannon for a few drinks with her husband.

“We had the best craic, we had lots of fun,” she says, fighting back tears throughout. “We walked out (of the pub) around 9.15pm and some boy started giving me bad manners. All my husband said to him was, ‘would you please? That’s my wife’.

“All of a sudden we got lunged on, not by one, but by around 20 young fellas who think they are big, brave men, who are young and stupid and yes, highly emotional but at no point did we deserve what happened to us.”

The reference to the alleged attackers being highly emotional is understood to be a reference to the men having attended the funeral on Saturday and several of them are wearing shirts and black ties.

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The woman goes on saying: “I am a mother with two kids and I had to go home and explain to my six-year-old after I was beaten relentlessly and all I was doing was trying to protect my husband and I was beaten relentlessly for what felt like ten years but was probably only ten minutes.

“When we got one kicking it would stop and another one would start, and another one would start and another one would start.

“My brother-in-law came to my aid and he was getting kicked against a car and I actually put my arm out to protect my brother-in-law’s head.

“And some really tight young lad done this to my face. He busted me clean open. I can put my tongue through the hole in my mouth and now I’m going to be left permanently scarred.

“I’m absolutely wrecked. This is the reason I’m doing this.”

She called for anyone with video footage or knows the identities of those involved to hand the information over to the police so she can “get some kind of peace”.

“I can’t sleep, I’m drained, I’m reliving every moment, every boot in my face and for what? For going out with my husband for a few drinks on a Saturday night.

“We could have been dead, we could have been dead…”

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “We received a report of an altercation, involving two groups of people, just before 9.30pm.

“During the confrontation, four people sustained a number of injuries.

“An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

“Our enquiries continue and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who may have captured dash cam footage, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 2131 of 26/06/21.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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