Fingers and thumb cut off man in brutal attack
A young man underwent emergency surgery after being savagely beaten in Waterford and having part of his hand hacked off.
The man - named locally as Dean Flynn (20) - was transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH) from Waterford Hospital, Ardkeen for specialist treatment after the brutal attack in the city at 2.50pm on Monday. Gardaí believe the attack happened in the Priory Lawn area.
The young man was initially beaten with a club or wooden stake by at least two men.
When he collapsed to the ground, one man held his hand, while the other used a knife or saw to slash off several fingers.
It is understood that the young man, despite his agonised pleas for the men to stop the attack, had two fingers and his thumb hacked off.
Gardaí yesterday examined a vehicle which they believe may have been used by the attackers to escape the area.
Detectives admitted that they were horrified by the extreme violence involved.
They are investigating whether one of the attackers may have links to a series of arson incidents around Waterford and the mutilation of a horse in an apparent revenge attack on the family which owned it.
Gardaí have now appealed for public assistance in tracing those responsible.
"This was a particularly vicious attack and the victim suffered an appalling injury to his hand," one garda source said.
"We would urge anyone with information to contact us. We would also urge anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the Priory Lawn area to contact us."
A passer-by came across the victim lying on the ground, cradling his injured hand and screaming in pain.
Gardaí and paramedics were notified and the young man was transferred to Waterford Hospital, Ardkeen. However, he had suffered nerve damage to his hand and was transferred to CUH for specialist treatment.
He underwent emergency surgery yesterday.
The young man's injuries are not life-threatening, but he is expected to require extensive future medical treatment, such is the severe nature of the wounds to his hand.
Gardaí hope to interview him within the next 48 hours - once he has recovered sufficiently from the surgery -about the precise circumstances of the attack and whether the assailants were known to him or not.