‘House targeted because of gay couple’

A pensioner in the north who says that her home was targeted attacked because she was allowing a lesbian couple to stay there has vowed she won’t be intimidated.

Isabelle Nixon, 66, is staying up throughout the night after the windows of her house at Rathcoole, Newtownabbey were smashed in last Monday.

She says she believes the motivation for the attack was due to her taking in two gay women who had been put out of housing estates in Larne and Antrim.

They arrived at her home in June, went on holiday, and only returned the night before the windows were smashed.

Despite this the pensioner, who has lived in the house for 44 years, says she will not be intimidated and her guests will stay because they are good to her.

Ms Nixon described hearing glass smashing just after she had gone to bed on Monday evening.

“We heard a smash, my big window went in, my door window went in,” she said.

“It’s because I brought these two girls in, because they are gay. They were put out of Larne, put out of a few places because they are gay. They had nowhere to live and I wasn’t going to see two lovely girls out on the street. That was in June.

“In July they went away on holiday, they came back on Sunday and my windows were put in on Monday. I am going to fight this, because they are two lovely girls.”

The PSNI has confirmed they are investigating criminal damage at the property.


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