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Sunday 22 April 2018

Brave Irish pensioner stays up all night to deter thugs who attacked lesbian tenants

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Rebecca Black

A brave pensioner whose home has been attacked because a gay couple are staying there has vowed not to be intimidated.

Isabelle Nixon (66) is staying up throughout the nights in an attempt to deter those who attacked the house from coming back.

The windows smashed in Monday's attack have been boarded up, leaving the front of the house in darkness even during the day.

She believes she was attacked for taking in two gay women who had been put out of housing estates in Larne and Antrim.

They arrived at her Rathcoole home in June, went on holiday in July, and after they came back the windows of Ms Nixon's home were smashed.

But the plucky pensioner, who has lived in the area for 44 years, says she will not be put out of her house and her guests will stay because they are good to her.

The PSNI has said they are investigating criminal damage at the property.

Ms Nixon described hearing glass smashing just as she had gone to bed on Monday evening.

"We heard a smash, my big window went in, my door window went in," she told BBC Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster programme.

"It's because I brought these two girls in, because they are gay. They were put out of Larne, put out of a few places because they are gay.

"They had nowhere to live and I wasn't going to see two lovely girls out on the street. That was in June. In July they went away on holiday, they came back on Sunday and my windows were put in on Monday."

Ms Nixon said the women keep to themselves and have not done anyone any harm.

"They don't even go out through the front door, they go out through the back gate," she said.

"They have done no harm to anybody. They keep themselves to themselves. They are terrific, they are clean, spotless."

"I am going to fight this, because they are two lovely girls."

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