Tuesday 25 July 2017

Teenager (16) arrested over attack that left professor's son 'catastrophically disfigured'

Corner of Dame Lane and Trinity Street. Inset Prof Stephen Cusack
Corner of Dame Lane and Trinity Street. Inset Prof Stephen Cusack

Luke Byrne and Cathal McMahon

A teenager has been arrested over an assault on the son of a well-known medical professor over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Professor Stephen Cusack, a well-respected expert on emergency medicine at UCC, hit out on social media about the attack, which happened on Dame Lane in Dublin's south inner city shortly after 1am on Monday.

He told the Irish Independent that his son Andrew was set upon by a thug and attacked with a glass or a glass bottle.

Professor Stephen Cusack, a well-respected expert on emergency medicine at UCC, wrote on Twitter: "Our son was catastrophically disfigured by an evil thug in Dublin Sunday/Monday night on Dame Street Any info to Pearse St Garda."

Prof Stephen Cusack: son was attacked with bottle or glass
Prof Stephen Cusack: son was attacked with bottle or glass

Now gardaí have confirmed that that a 16-year -old was arrested this morning in connection with the attack.

In a statement, a garda spokesman said the teen was being detained at Pearse St Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

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“An altercation occurred between 1.01am and 1.10am at the junction of Dame Lane and Trinity Street. The injured male received serious injuries to his face and was taken to St James's Hospital for treatment.”

Mr Cusack’s tweet was widely re-tweeted online with many users posting messages of support.

Prof Cusack thanked his followers along with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), who treated his son.

He also thanked the staff of St James's Hospital and his plastic surgeon colleagues for their care.

"My tweet was to urge anyone with info to go to the guards. My son has asked that I don't speak further, I have to respect that," Prof Cusack told the Irish Independent.

Gardaí in Pearse St are appealing for witnesses to the incident, in particular a number of people who  approached the ambulance as the injured male was receiving treatment, they may have witnessed the incident to contact them in Pearse St at 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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