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.
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.
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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 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.