Mum of girl (16) attacked in Irish takeaway praises brave woman who intervened
The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was violently attacked on a night out has praised a bystander who put her own safety at risk to defend the teenager.
Kerry Rawsthorne said she was horrified to learn her daughter and another 16-year-old girl were punched and kicked during a disturbance in Friar Tucks fast food takeaway in Warrenpoint, Co Down around 10.30pm last Sunday.
Ms Rawsthorne said she wanted to personally thank the woman who bravely stood up to the attackers.
Bystanders filmed the terrifying encounter which shows a bare-chested man lashing out and punching those around him.
An unknown woman is seen stepping in front of the young girls to protect them before the thug hits Kerry's daughter in the head.
As he leaves, another man following him appears to kick and push another female to the floor, understood to be the other 16-year-old.
Talking about the woman who intervened to stop the assault, Kerry said: "I just want to say she's a really brave woman, she could have got hurt.
"She put herself in danger to protect my daughter, I'm so grateful. If she hadn't been there God knows what he would have done. He could have just carried on hitting her like that.
"She stopped those fellas from doing more damage. Both of those girls were only 16, he was a lunatic," Kerry said.
"He was bouncing round Friar Tucks with his shirt off like he was in a boxing ring. I saw the video and it just turned my stomach.
"This fella started at her. He had been shouting abuse at them on the street. It carried on till they (went to) Friar Tucks.
"I'd like to thank this woman personally, take her round some flowers and say how grateful we are.
"They're only young girls at the end of the day. They're only just starting to get out and about in the world."
Kerry's daughter, who has asked not to be named, has been treated for her injury at Daisy Hill Hospital.
Her friend who was thrown to the floor is believed to have been more seriously hurt.
"The other girl was quite badly hurt with bruised ribs, bruised collarbone. She thought she had broken her elbow but it's just badly bruised," Kerry said. "She has whiplash as well." In a statement police in Newry said: "The assault was reported to have taken place at around 10.30pm on Sunday, May 29.
"A female youth reported having been assaulted by two men and has received treatment at hospital for her injuries.
"Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers would ask anyone with any information to contact police in Newry on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.