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Ordeal: Mary Boyle outside her home in Kensington Mews in Lisburn

Ordeal: Mary Boyle outside her home in Kensington Mews in Lisburn

Mary Boyle's damaged car

Mary Boyle's damaged car

Mary Boyle is now living in a B&B with her son

Mary Boyle is now living in a B&B with her son

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Ordeal: Mary Boyle outside her home in Kensington Mews in Lisburn

A Catholic woman and her son have fled their home in a new mixed housing estate after sickening sectarian slogans were daubed on her wall.

Mary Boyle was woken at 6am on Friday by a neighbour who alerted her to the cowardly attack which also saw her car spray-painted with the word ‘Bastard’ while all the tyres were also slashed.

Police confirmed to the Sunday World last night they were treating the incident as a “sectarian-motivated hate crime”.

The 39-year-old was forced to pack her bags along with those of her 13-year-old son at their Kensington Mews home in Lisburn.

They are now living in a bed and breakfast outside of Belfast and Mary says she’s not sure what the future holds.

“It’s far from ideal but I had to get out of that house for the sake of my son,” she said.

“He absolutely terrified. He had a terrible year because he basically suffered a breakdown after my father passed away. His grandad was more like his dad and he took it really badly.

“So to wake up to my car being trashed and sectarian slogans on my house was terrible.”

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Mary Boyle's damaged car

Mary Boyle's damaged car

Mary Boyle's damaged car

Mary has pointed the finger at associates of notorious LVF gunman Robert ‘Blackie’ Black with whom she has had an ongoing dispute with.

She says the new-build estate was supposed to be mixed but she says she and another woman are the only Catholics in the park and she has been “tortured” by loyalists.

“I had a fall-out them over a dog at the start of lockdown and it has got worse since then,” says Mary.

Black was released from prison a few years ago after serving a 16-year sentence for the attempted murder of a man in a shotgun attack in a cemetery near Holywood, Co Down.

In 2005 Black lured 28-year-old David Waring to Redburn Cemetery following a party at a nearby flat and blasted him in the chest with a shotgun.

At the time the UVF and LVF were involved in a murderous feud and the UVF had killed a number of Black’s pals.

Mary, who’s originally from west Belfast, says she moved into the house full of hope of a new start but says loyalist flags soon went up and her complaints fell on deaf ears.

“I only moved in about 18 months ago but there have been several incidents which got so bad the Housing Executive awarded me 130 housing points and waived the two-year no transfer rule,” she says.

“It’s heartbreaking to have to leave your home and all your stuff because of some sectarian scumbags.

“I’m worried what will happen to the house while I’m away. I’m worried they’ll come back and put my windows in.”

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Mary Boyle is now living in a B&B with her son

Mary Boyle is now living in a B&B with her son

Mary Boyle is now living in a B&B with her son

Since she posted pictures of the attack on Facebook Mary has been flooded with messages of support.

One person even told her he would sort out the paint work on her damaged car for free.

A PSNI spokesperson told this paper: “Police received a number of reports today (Friday 9th October) of criminal damage in Lisburn.

“It was reported that tyres of a vehicle had been slashed and graffiti had been daubed onto a wall of a property in the vicinity of Ballynahinch Road. Inquiries are ongoing into this incident, which is being treated as a sectarian motivated hate crime.

“Inspector Moore is appealing to anyone who was in the area and has information about what happened to call 101 and quote reference number 300 of 09/10/20. 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.”

Meanwhile the Housing Executive confirmed it too had launched an investigation into the threats.

A Housing Executive spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident taking place overnight and we have secured suitable, temporary accommodation for the family.

“We have now commenced an investigation to establish the circumstances of the incident in question. We will continue to liaise closely with the applicant while our investigations proceed.”

Robert Black had several run-ins with the UVF in east Belfast.

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LVF man Robert ‘Blackie’ Black

LVF man Robert ‘Blackie’ Black

LVF man Robert ‘Blackie’ Black

They tried to kill him once in an extraordinary incident by attempting to toss him over a fourth-floor balcony at Belfast’s Laganside courthouse.

A mass brawl had broken out between rival UVF and LVF factions during the murder trial of three men charged with killing north Down loyalist Jim ‘Jonty’ Johnston.

Black’s life was spared by brave cops who intervened just as he was about to be thrown over the balcony.

He was a right-hand man to murdered LVF brigadier Stephen Warnock who was gunned down in 2002 by the Red Hand Commando over a £100,000 drug rip-off deal.

steven.moore@sundayworld.com