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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Day in sunshine turned to horrific ordeal for teen

Emma Jane Hade

Published 02/06/2014 | 02:30

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Eva Drum from Dublin, who was hurt in an attack on Howth beach. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Eva Drum shows bruising to her face, her injured lip and bruised arm - all of which were sustained during the incident in Howth
Eva Drum shows bruising to her face, her injured lip and bruised arm - all of which were sustained during the incident in Howth

AN INNOCENT schoolgirl has revealed her horror after she was attacked during a massive beachside brawl and said she thought the ordeal "was never going to end".

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Eva Drum, from Ballymun in Dublin, was visiting Howth beach with friends on Saturday afternoon when she came upon a large number of youths causing trouble in the picturesque coastal village.

The 16-year-old has revealed to the Irish Independent that she was "punched, kicked, bitten and scraped", when all she wanted was to "have a laugh and enjoy the sunny weather".

"While walking on the path towards the beach we were stopped and intimidated by a group who were mouthy and aggressive because they had a few drinks on them," she recalled.

Eva said that she then witnessed one of her friends being beaten so badly he required hospital treatment for his injuries.

Eva said: "Another one of my friends was trying to defend his friend, and got hurt so bad he ended up in the hospital with a broken nose and something wrong with his knee and ribs. They had him in the water and one of the people said 'yeah we have him in the water and then we are going to knife him and then drown him'."

She said that despite the fact that she and her friends made pleas to be left alone, a group launched an unwarranted attack on her, and that she "ended up on the floor", with "people kicking, punching and pulling out of me from head to toe".

She said that she was quite "sore" yesterday morning, but that she was "counting (her) lucky stars" that the injuries she sustained were not worse.

Irish Independent

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