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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Garda may lose sight in eye after fighting off burglars

A YOUNG garda is battling to keep the sight in one eye after being viciously attacked defending his own home from burglars.

The 27-year-old community police officer was slashed in the face and stabbed with a screwdriver during a terrifying ordeal.

His wife and young child were also at the house in Tallaght when two men broke in and demanded money at about 2.30am on Saturday morning.

When the garda said there was no money in the house, the intruders took his car keys.

But they couldn't start the car and returned to the house.

Although the garda dialled 999, the raiders grabbed his phone from him and slashed him across the face with a Stanley knife.

His eye was damaged and he is now in danger of losing his sight in one eye.

His lung was punctured when he was stabbed with a screwdriver.

He was taken to Tallaght hospital and has since been transferred to the Mater where he is receiving specialist treatment.

The robbers his car which was found abandoned less than half a mile away in Kilclare Avenue, Jobstown.

He was unable to make any statement to his garda colleagues until yesterday and has now given them a description of his attackers.

The officer is based at Sundrive Road and has seven years of service.

Colleagues are stunned at a the savage attack.

"He would be very popular with the rest of the crew there," said a source.

A garda spokesman yesterday confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the burglary but no one has been arrested.

Weapons

Gardai have searched the house and recovered the weapons used in the attack.

Tallaght gardai have appealed for anyone with any information on the attack to contact them on 01 6666000.

Meanwhile, a young man is today recovering in hospital after he was attacked while on a night out with friends.

The 21-year-old was on Essex Street in Dublin's Temple Bar at around 3.20am when he was involved in an altercation.

It is understood that a fight broke out between two groups of young people before the man was injured.

He suffered severe damage to his head in the conflict though it is understood he is making a steady recovery.

The man was taken to St James's Hospital but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital. Officers have appealed for any witnesses to the attack to contact Pearse Street garda station on 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or at any garda station.

Irish Independent

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