DETECTIVES investigating the serious assault of two sick sex beasts yesterday have revisited the scene to conduct further inquiries.
James Whtie (48) and 26 year old Jason Lydiard were snatched by a gang of vigilantes in Mullaghbawn, south Armagh yesterday as police hunted them.
The pair were tied up and then painted pour over them.
Police have said the two men were subjected to an assault during which they were kicked and beaten with iron bars.
Detective Chief Inspector Jill Duffie said: “We believe the two men, James White and Alexis Guesto, who were wanted by police for a range of offences, including breach of licence and warrants, were discovered by a group of males on Saturday evening as they attempted to evade an ongoing police search for them.
“White and Guesto were kicked and beaten with iron bars before being taken to Mullaghbawn village, where they were further assaulted by a number of individuals and covered in paint.”
“Both men were taken to hospital by police, one of the males has been arrested and the other remains in hospital being treated for his injuries.
“Both men will be brought before the court at the earliest opportunity in relation to the matters for which they were being sought
“Throughout yesterday as our search for the two men was ongoing, I was pleased with the response from the local community and the assistance being provided to police.
“Unfortunately, now, due to the violent actions of a small number of people, we have had to redirect resources and efforts towards investigating a serious assault.
“There is no excuse for individuals taking the law into their own hands nor for the violent scenes that we witnessed last night
“I am appealing to anyone with information about the incident or anyone with recorded footage which could assist us with our investigation to contact detectives in Ardmore station on 101 quoting reference number 1240 28/04/18.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”