Teenager charged after woman drilled in the head during 'homophobic' attack

A teenager has been charged after a woman was drilled in the head during a suspected hate crime in Northern Ireland.

The 38-year-old victim was left in a critical condition after sustaining severe head injury in the assault in Strabane, Co Tyrone, in the early hours of Saturday.

Officers have been investigating a potential homophobic motive in the attack with the cordless drill.

A woman is pictured cleaning up blood after the attack. Source: Yahoo News UK

The 17-year-old male has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and theft.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: “This was a brutal attack and the injuries sustained by the victim are extremely grave.

“We are exploring a possible homophobic motive for the crime and we are appealing for witnesses to get in touch with us.”

The attack happened in Strabane, Northern Ireland. Source: Google Maps

The suspect is expected to appear at Omagh Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The incident happened at about 2am on Saturday (local time) in Railway Street in the town.