MLA condemns assault on businesswoman

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An MLA has condemned an alleged attack on a businesswoman at premises on the Moira Road, Lisburn.

A 48-year-old man was arrested following the incident on Thursday, October 20.

The man was later released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Robbie Butler, MLA for Lagan Valley, has strongly condemned the alleged incident and described it as a race-related attack, however police have said the incident is “not being treated as a racially motivated hate crime.”

Mr Butler said the businesswoman had been left “injured and badly shaken.”

He strongly condemned the alleged incident stating that this type of behaviour is “reprehensible”.

Mr Butler visited the lady on Friday to offer support and assistance and to reassure her that the people of Lisburn and Lagan Valley do not condone behaviour of this type in any arena.

The MLA went on to add his heartfelt gratitude to the two female members of the public who attempted to intervene in the escalating situation.

“The remarkable courage of these ladies who intervened helped prevent the situation escalating further. I sincerely commend their bravery and I believe they are true exemplars of the Lisburn community.”