RENEWED POLICE APPEAL OVER 1994 CHILD MURDER BID AND SEX ASSAULT

An E-fit picture of Newry child sex attacker wanted for attempted murder

An E-fit picture of Newry child sex attacker wanted for attempted murder

DETECTIVES investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of a child have launched a new appeal for information.

Officers have issued an E-fit picture in a bid to find the Co Down attacker after a 19 year gap.

According to police, the eight-year-old girl was playing with a friend near Barcroft Community Centre in Newry on June 10, 1994 when she was approached by an unknown man.

He separated her from her friend and took her to a wooded area within Daisy Hill Nursery where he attacked her.

The attack is being treated as attempted murder because the girl sustained a serious head injury during the assault.

The man, who was aged in his late teens or early 20s at the time of the attack, would now be in his late 30s or early 40s.

A police spokesman said a fresh investigation of the case was formally launched in February 2013 and the release of an “age progression” image was the next stage in the inquiry.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact detectives at Ardmore police station on 028 38 36 62 74.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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