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  • Northside East

Pensioner viciously assaulted in Bayside

Sunday, 19th August, 2018 8:00pm

Story by Tony McCullagh
Pensioner viciously assaulted   in Bayside

The park known as ‘The Lamb Chop’ in Bayside where the attack on the pensioner occurred. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Pensioner viciously assaulted   in Bayside

The park known as ‘The Lamb Chop’ in Bayside where the attack on the pensioner occurred. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

GARDAÍ are investigating a vicious assault in Bayside which left a 71-year-old pensioner hospitalised.

The alleged incident happened on July 8 but the elderly man said he had been unable to make a statement to gardaí until last week as he was still recovering from his injuries.

The man had been attending a traditional music session in the city centre earlier in the evening and returned to Bayside on the DART at approximately 11pm. He was walking from the train station through Bayside Park, in an area known locally as ‘The Lamb Chop’, when he says two men jumped out of the bushes and subjected him to a brutal beating.

The man, who asked not to be named, told Northside People that he sustained injuries to his jaw, fractured his thumb and lost a tooth as a result of the assault. 

He said both men had their faces covered with bandanas and appeared to be in their twenties.

“They just came out of nowhere and started punching and kicking me,” the man recalled. “I put up a good fight but there wasn’t much I could do as they had me on the ground and kept kicking me in the head and face.”

The man, who said he feared for his life, was later taken to Beaumont Hospital where he remained for three days.

“I had to have head scans done in the hospital,” he stated. “I couldn’t eat for two weeks due to the injuries to my jaw. I’m still having physio for my neck and shoulder.”

The man decided to tell his story to Northside People in the hope that somebody will come forward with information on his attackers to gardaí. He also wants his frightening ordeal to serve as a warning to other senior citizens living in the Bayside area. 

He added that robbery did not appear to have been a motive for the cowardly attack.

 The Garda press office confirmed that gardaí in Howth are investigating the alleged assault.

“A male (71) was walking from Bayside DART Station and was assaulted by two males, wearing dark clothing,” a spokesperson said.

No arrests have been made so far and investigations are ongoing.

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