Thursday 27 April 2017

Stones thrown at Erin suspect's home

Greg Harkin

THE home of a bullying suspect in the Erin Gallagher suicide case has been targeted twice by vandals.

Stones were thrown at the home and, just hours after the 13-year-old was laid to rest, a car was vandalised with paint. Slogans were also painted at the side of the house.

It is understood the target of the attack was the family of a teenager who went to gardai on Monday for security advice.

Erin took her own life last Saturday at her home in Ballybofey, Co Donegal. The Finn Valley College pupil had been a victim of cyber bullying.

Gardai have met several teenagers to discuss claims Erin was subjected to a torrent of abuse via her phone and on the social network site

They have also given them security advice as tensions in Ballybofey and Stranorlar have run high since the suicide.

"Gardai have been to the house of one of them (the suspects)," said one local source.

"The car was covered in paint and slogans about a young girl who lives there were painted on the wall. There was another incident on Thursday when stones were thrown."

Meanwhile, gardai are continuing to investigate the death of Ciara Pugsley (15) who took her own life in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, in September.

Irish Independent

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