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Last Updated: Monday, 9 August, 2004, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Man speaks of hammer ordeal
Mr Cullen required six staples in a head wound
Mr Cullen required six staples in a head wound
An Armagh man required six staples to a head wound after being attacked by a hammer-wielding gang as he ate breakfast with his family.

John Cullen was sitting with his wife, five children and two grandchildren when four men forced their way into his home in Drumarg Park in the city.

The gang, who were not masked, beat him repeatedly about the head and body during the attack at about 1030 BST on Sunday.

Mr Cullen said he thought they were going to kill him.

"I was afraid to get back up," he told the BBC.

"They were beating me round the head with hammers and I didn't know whether my head was off or whether it was still on me. I was just afraid to lift it.

John Cullen said he thought he was going to be killed
John Cullen said he thought he was going to be killed
"Only there was one of them there who said: 'Right that's it come on get out', I think they would have killed me.

"They could have hit me anywhere on the head and killed me."

Mr Cullen's wife, Annie, who suffered an injury to her ankle in the attack, said she also feared that her husband had been killed.

"All I seen was blood. His head was on the settee... and blood... and I just panicked. I did just panic and think he was dead," she said.

"I don't know... it was just so horrifying and children were here and they didn't know what was really happening."

Mr Cullen said he had been involved in a minor altercation with one of his attackers the previous evening.

"But it was nothing serious you know. I didn't deserve this for it you know. As far as we're concerned it was over and done with and that was it," he said.

The police believe the gang used a blue van and they have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the attack to come forward.




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BBC NI's Gordon Adair reports
"The police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the attack to come forward"




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