'Disgraceful and shocking' - appeal for information as pensioner (85) forced to have finger removed after vicious mugging
An appeal has been made to the public to co-operate with a garda investigation following the brutal mugging of an elderly man in Tallaght.
The man (85) was pulled from his car by a man and a woman. He received substantial injuries from a bread knife to his throat and face.
Surgeons were also forced to remove half of his finger because of nerve damage caused during the attack when it was partially severed. The man also needed a blood transfusion during a five day hospital stay according to reports.
The attack on the innocent man happened in Tallaght last Wednesday.
Local representative Charlie O'Connor told Independent.ie that he was appealing for anyone with information to co-operate with local gardaí.
"We have to stamp out these kind of attacks. To attack anyone is bad but to attack an elderly person is disgraceful. It's outrageous," he said.
"It's so sad and terrible and I condemn absolutely this kind of crime. We need to support the victims and support gardaí to investigate these attacks," he added.
A source told the Irish Sun newspaper that the man bravely fought back during his ordeal.
"He can only be described as a hero because despite his age he tried to fight them off and even managed to get the knife from one of them," the source said.
"He has been thrown into a nightmare not of his own making and he just wants time to recover."
A garda spokesman confirmed that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
"Gardaí at Tallaght are investigating an incident of robbery from the person which occurred at Deerpark Rise at 10.15pm on February 22 2017. A man received non life threatening injuries in the incident. It is believed a man and woman were involved in the robbery," the spokesman said.