Two perverts found tied to a bench in South Armagh were “kicked and beaten with iron bars”, the police revealed today.Police had been trying to find the men for a number of days. However, it appears vigilantes got hold of them first.
Two wanted men found tied to a bench in South Armagh were “kicked and beaten with iron bars”, the police revealed today.
Police had been trying to find the men for a number of days. However, it appears vigilantes got hold of them first.
Today, the PSNI said that detectives investigating the “serious assault of two men in the Mullaghbawn area of south Armagh on Saturday 28th April” re-visited “a number of scenes today ( Sunday 29th ) to conduct further enquiries”.
Detective Chief Inspector Jill Duffie added: “We believe the two men, James White and Alexis Guesto, who were wanted by police for a range of offences, including breach of licence and warrants, were discovered by a group of males on Saturday evening as they attempted to evade an ongoing police search for them.
“White and Guesto were kicked and beaten with iron bars before being taken to Mullaghbawn village, where they were further assaulted by a number of individuals and covered in paint.
“Both men were taken to hospital by police, one of the males has been arrested and the other remains in hospital being treated for his injuries. Both men will be brought before the court at the earliest opportunity in relation to the matters for which they were being sought.”
The senior officer added that on Saturday while police were searching for the pair, she “was pleased with the response from the local community and the assistance being provided to police”.
But she added: “Unfortunately, now, due to the violent actions of a small number of people, we have had to redirect resources and efforts towards investigating a serious assault. There is no excuse for individuals taking the law into their own hands nor for the violent scenes that we witnessed last night.
“I am appealing to anyone with information about the incident or anyone with recorded footage which could assist us with our investigation to contact detectives in Ardmore station on 101 quoting reference number 1240 28/04/18.”
She added that witnesses can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Earlier today, Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Larkin said the incident was “unfortunate but understandable considering the distress the community had been under”.
He added: “Feelings were running high. It’s unfortunate that’s happened but thankfully these two individuals are in police custody.”
Cllr Larkin praised the “vigilance of the south Armagh community in relation to these two individuals” and said the “cooperation between our community and the PSNI over the past few days is worthy of praise”.
Earlier on Saturday, the police said it was believed the two men had travelled to Northern Ireland from the Republic.