Northern Ireland

Man beaten by masked gang in suspected sectarian attack

house where man was assaulted in ballygomartin drive
Image caption The family had been living in the house in Ballygomartin Drive for less than five weeks

A 22-year-old man has been beaten with iron bars and a hatchet by a gang of men in a suspected sectarian assault on the outskirts of west Belfast.

A gang of masked men broke into a house at Ballygomartin Drive on Friday shortly before 21:40 BST and attacked him with iron bars and a hatchet.

They beat the man, who is a Catholic, in front of his girlfriend and their eleven-week-old baby.

Sectarian graffiti was daubed on the house claiming to be from the UDA.

The couple had been living in the home for less than five weeks.

A red car parked outside was also damaged in the attack.

Police have appealed for information.