Saturday 22 July 2017

Busker left blind in one eye after Dublin street attack: This has destroyed my life

Mark Beltran in a photo taken shortly after the horror attack.
Mark Beltran in a photo taken shortly after the horror attack.
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A street performer who was left blind in one eye after a brutal attack in Dublin has said that the attack “destroyed [his] life”.

Canadian magician Mark Beltran (29) is recovering in London after the September attack but has taken several trips back to Dublin to receive treatment in the Mater hospital.

“It’s hard coming back because I’m reminded of what happened to me,” he told the Irish Sun this week.

“My life has been totally changed because of what happened to me but I’m challenging myself and trying to look ahead.

“Every day I am confronted with my fears and often feel paranoid. One deep cut was also just a few centimetres from the left eye so I could have been totally blind.”

Mr Beltran also said that he could not forgive the people who attacked him.

Mark Beltran in San Francisco before the attack
Mark Beltran in San Francisco before the attack

“They didn’t just destroy my eye – they destroyed my life. I wish I could forgive them but I can’t – I just don’t understand how they could do such a thing. It was just vicious and I’m never going to get my eye back.”

“I want justice and I want these people caught because what’s to stop them doing it to someone else? It’s been two months now and these people are still roaming the streets” he continued.

“They are just vicious but I’m determined to get closure on this as nothing like this has ever happened to me before.”

Mr Beltran, who travels around the world with his act, was performing in Temple Bar in September when a teenager stole his amplifier. His friends chased the girl to Crown Alley and recovered the amp from her and her friends there.

Mr Beltran and his friends were attacked by the group two hours later on O’Connell Street; one of them hit Mr Beltran’s face with a bottle, leaving him blind in his right eye.

The investigation into the incident is being led by Gardaí at Store Street Garda station, but they have not found the culprits.

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