Rathcoole assault was ‘terrifying ordeal’ for female motorist

A female ‘good Samaritan’ was attacked by three men in the Rathcoole area when she stopped her car to help someone she thought was in need of assistance yesterday morning (Sunday, July 11).

Monday, 12th July 2021, 9:02 am

The woman - who is in her 40s - was driving along Derrycoole Way at around 9.30am when she saw a man lying in the road, with another man appearing to try to help him.

However, when the woman stoppped and got out of her car, she was grabbed from behind and threatened by a third man.

The woman’s vehicle was also damaged in the incident.

Derrycoole Way, Rathcoole. Picture: Google

Police have described it as a ‘terrifying ordeal’ which left the victim badly shaken and are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

PSNI Inspector Patty said that after being threatened, the woman managed to get back into her car.

“She began to drive off when the trio attacked her vehicle, with one of the assailants smashing the driver’s side window with a brick.

“One of the males is described as wearing a grey hooded top, with the hood up while a second was described as having short, shaved dark hair.

“All three were spoke with local accents,” said the inspector.

“This was obviously a terrifying ordeal for the victim who has been left badly shaken.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened or captured dashcam footage, or anyone who knows anything that could help us identify the perpetrators, to please get in touch with us by calling 101 quoting reference 847 of 11/7/21.

“Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”