Aghadowey: Vandals douse new house with oil

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Media captionOil was doused over the inside and outside of the house

The owner of a new house that was badly damaged when vandals covered it in oil has said he has no idea why the building was targeted.

Dominic McAleese, from Aghadowey in County Londonderry, said the attack on the building at Mullaghinch Road has left him feeling "physically sick".

It happened between 17:00 GMT on Sunday and 08:00 on Monday.

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Image caption Mr McAleese said he has no idea why the house was targeted

Oil was doused on "every wall, ceiling and floor, inside and outside the house," said Mr McAleese.

Mr McAleese said he did not believe the attack was a random one.

"I cannot understand it, it is beyond me. I grew up in this area, never had any bother and all the neighbours get on with each other," he said.

"This is not just random, it was premeditated."

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Image caption This is the first home Mr McAleese has built as part of a new property development business venture.

Mr McAleese discovered the damage when he went to work on the house early on Monday morning.

"I was actually almost physically sick," he said.

It is the first home he has built as part of a new property development business.

Mr McAleese said those responsible smashed patio doors to get into the house.

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Image caption Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the vandalism to contact them

Every room - with the exception of the room next to the neighbour's house where there are CCTV cameras - was targeted, he said.

With the help of friends, the oil has since been washed off the exterior of the house and a specialist cleaning company has been employed to repair damage to the interior.

Mr McAleese said the level of support from the community in the wake of the attack was "unreal".

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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