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Blind man tells of robbery terror

George Sloan (left) and his brother Stephen were beaten and robbed
George Sloan (left) and his brother Stephen were beaten and robbed

A blind man has described how he feared for his life during a robbery at the Newtownabbey home he shares with his brother, who is also blind.

Two men in their 20s forced their way into the house in Glenville Parade and assaulted the brothers on Sunday night.

George Sloan, 38, suffered a broken arm in the attack. His brother, Stephen, 42, was bruised on the head and body.

"I was crying and panicking, I was frightened for my own life, and Stephen's life as well," said Mr Sloan.

He said during the robbery one of the men hit him repeatedly.

"When he was hitting me I said, 'you didn't have to hit me'. He stuck the stick in my mouth and told me to shut up," Mr Sloan added.

The robbers ransacked the property, before escaping with a sum of cash.

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