Thursday 29 September 2016

Three arrested over assault rampage that left several injured and one man fighting for life

Cathal McMahon

Published 11/08/2016 | 17:39

Frederick Street, Ashbourne. Picture: Google Maps
Frederick Street, Ashbourne. Picture: Google Maps

Gardaí have arrested three men over a violent Bank Holiday rampage that left six people injured.

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Detectives, supported by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), pounced on the trio in a series of dawn raids in Dublin's north inner city today.

The men, all in their 20s, are currently being interviewed about a series of attacks that took place in Ashbourne, Co Meath in the early hours of Monday, August 1.

Independent.ie has learned that the violent melee broke out outside AIB bank on Frederick Street in the town shortly after 3am on the day.

Four men, who had been socialising in the town earlier in the evening, are suspected of launching a series of random attacks on fellow party-goers.

A total of five males and one female were assaulted during this incident. The group who launched the attack fled on foot in the direction of Slane.

Three of the injured men were removed by ambulance to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. One of the men suffered a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

A source said: "It was a close call for this guy but he is out of the worst at this stage.

"These four lads from Dublin went down to Ashbourne socialising. In the early hours of the morning they started beating up people at random on the street."

The suspects were caught on CCTV and identified through this. The investigation is being run by detectives from Ashbourne garda station, supported by officers from Dublin and the ERU.

The three suspects are being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice act at Store Street and Pearse Street garda stations. They can be held for up to 24 hours.

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