Friday 20 September 2019

Mum scarred in 'flamethrower' attack

Attacked: Shauna McHugh (North West Newspix)
Attacked: Shauna McHugh (North West Newspix)

Greg Harkin

A tour guide at a former prison has been jailed over a 'flamethrower' attack on a mother-of-one which left her scarred for life.

Kevin Quinn (23), of Killycanavan Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to charges of assault causing harm and adapting an aerosol deodorant into a weapon contrary to the Firearms Act.

Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court heard how Shauna McHugh (24), from Donegal Town, had been staying at the Gallagher's Hotel in Letterkenny during the Donegal Rally weekend in 2015.

In the early hours of June 22, said Sgt Sean McDaid, Ms McHugh answered a knock at the hotel room door where she had gone to chat to a friend.

"There was some commotion in the corridor and she looked to her right.

"She heard someone to her left say 'hi' and when she turned she saw a man light an aerosol can with a lighter and a large flame hit her in the face," said Sgt McDaid.

In her victim impact statement, Ms McHugh described how the incident had changed her life.

Judge John O'Hagan said the attack was "such a serious matter" that it had to attract a custodial sentence and he jailed Quinn for two years, suspending the final year.

Irish Independent

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