Derry teenager 'could have been killed' in sectarian attack

Lorny Roberts suffered bruising to his head and body during the attack Lorny Roberts suffered bruising to his head and body during the attack

The parents of a Catholic teenager injured in a sectarian attack in Londonderry have said that their son could have been killed.

Lorny Roberts was chatting to his ex-girlfriend when he was targeted by a gang of up to a dozen young men in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 18-year-old suffered head injuries and had his hand broken during the assault at the Fountain estate.

Police have said it was a sectarian hate crime.

'Traumatised'

His father Andrew said that if he had not arrived at the scene his son could have been killed.

"I could see this bloke standing with a breeze bock above his head about to crush his skull. They were going to kill him," he said.

"He is a youth leader and I don't get it."

Lorny, who is a trainee butcher in the Creggan estate, said he had been left deeply traumatised by what happened.

"They were kicking me left, right and centre," he said.

"I am a cross-community leader and now I don't know whether to keep doing it or not.

"I thought I was dead and it is a horrible thing to happen."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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