BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The County Tyrone police officials recently arrested a 17-year-old man who allegedly attempted to murder a gay woman by drilling a hole in her skull. When the victim was found by paramedics, she was having a seizure and had to be transported to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Gay Woman Said She Felt Her Head Being Twisted
On early Saturday, 38-year-old Brenda McLaughlin was taken to the Altnagelvin Hospital for emergency brain surgery following a brutal attack.
After she regained consciousness, the woman declared that she went to a nightclub located on Strabane street with a friend.
A couple of hours later, both left the club and were headed home when the individual knocked McLaughlin to the ground and tried to drill a hole in her skull using a cordless drill.
The woman said that when the man placed the drill against her skull and turned it on, she felt like her whole head was on fire.
Following the attack, the assailant fled, leaving McLaughlin in a pool of blood. When she was found by a passerby, McLaughlin kept losing consciousness and had violent seizures.
One of the detectives in charge of the woman’s case declared that this is definitely a hate crime, as McLaughlin admitted she’s gay.
So far, the investigation revealed very little. The gay woman appeared to have a small indentation in her skull, but it’s still too early to say how deep the burr hole was.
Moreover, the weapon used during the attack was discovered at the crime scene, but there’s no physical evidence that the assailant used a drill bit during McLaughlin’s assault. The guilty party, a 17-year-old man, was later taken into custody and charged with using an offensive weapon to cause bodily harm and theft.
Image source: Flickr