Saturday 1 October 2016

Tourist sustains serious injury in street attack - just hours after earlier theft

Geraldine Gittens

Published 21/09/2016 | 17:37

A view of Dublin city centre from the top of Liberty Hall. Photo: Damien Eagers
A view of Dublin city centre from the top of Liberty Hall. Photo: Damien Eagers

Gardai are investigating an assault in Dublin city where a male tourist received a serious eye injury.

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The assault happened when four tourists were attacked by a group of young men and women on O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, at 11.40pm on Friday September 9.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

A garda spokesperson said gardai believe the injured party was initially the victim of a theft in Temple Bar at 9.30pm earlier that evening.

Friends of the victim later recovered his property and seized it from a group of youths on Crown Alley in Dublin city centre.

“The injured party was later re-united with his property and friends and the group proceeded to make their way from the south-side to the north-side of the city,” the spokesperson said.

“The group of youths pursued the victim and his friends onto O’Connell Street and a number of altercations took place prior to the victim and his friends being assaulted on the west side of Upper O’Connell Street.”

“Those involved are also suspected of having assaulted other members of the public."

Gardaí are seeking to talk to anyone who witnessed events at Crown Alley or Upper O'Connell St, or who may have information that could be of assistance to contact Gardaí at Store Street on 01-6668000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or The Incident Room, Store Street 01-6668101 / 01-6668089

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