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Woman is victim of stun gun attack during south Belfast burglary

The trio ransacked the apartment, fleeing with `a sum of cash'

ONE woman was tasered and another assaulted during a "disturbing" late night burglary at a flat in south Belfast.

Three men forced their way into the property in Ashley Avenue, an area off the busy Lisburn Road and close to the city centre, at around 11.30pm on Wednesday.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Eric Fairfield said they assaulted the 38-year-old and 40-year-old women who were in the flat "using a stun gun on one of the victims" and both tied up.

The trio ransacked the apartment, fleeing with "a sum of cash".

"We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information regarding this crime to get in touch," Mr Fairfield said.

"Please call 101, quoting reference 1989 11/12/19."

Green Party counillor Áine Groogan said the use of a stun gun during a burglary in the appeared to be a "new development".

"It has been an aggressive and violent burglary and I hope the women are recovering from their ordeal.

"Anyone who saw anything must help police catch them."

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