Disabled man (31) who was viciously attacked last month is given the VIP treatment in dream visit to JCB Headquarters
A disabled man who was viciously attacked by a teenage gang is slowly building back up his confidence, his father said.
Paul Deaton was set upon by a gang in an unprovoked assault as he was watching a JCB carry out work in Fairview Park last month.
The 31-year-old, who has an intellectual disability, was attacked by an unidentified teenage gang, who threatened to set him on fire and recorded the incident as they carried out the sickening assault, which left Paul with horrifying head injuries.
His father Damien Deaton (65) said Paul is “slowly but surely” getting himself back together.
“He’s still not leaving the area, but he stands on the corner at the end of our street and watches the busses pass,” he said.
“Hopefully he’ll build up his confidence soon. He’s going back to work.
“It took years to build him up to going out.”
Paul is fascinated with the Dart, Luas, diggers and Dublin Bus.
Yesterday, Paul was invited to ECI JCB Headquarters in Dublin, where he got first hand experience of several pieces of machinery, including the 3CX Backhoe Loader as well as 86c Midi Excavator.
“Paul was chuffed in the JCBs,” added Mr Deaton.
“He got in to all the different types, a small digger and a JCB tractor.
“There was a guy in the JCB with him who instructed him what to do, and he was working the boom at the back that digs.
“He enjoyed it immensely. He was chuffed. They gave him a jacket, a polo shirt and a cap and some pens.”
The family, including Paul’s brother Brian (34) who also has special needs, have also been offered a holiday in Trabolgan, Cork, through a Lions Club which raised funds for the holiday.