Woman attacked with hammer in busy city street
WARNING: This story contains images of violence some readers may prefer to avoid
A woman was left severely injured after she was allegedly assaulted outside a busy take-away restaurant in Dublin in broad daylight.
It is believed the woman was attacked with a claw hammer after leaving a chip shop close to St James's Hospital in Dublin on Friday.
Graphic images, captured by a passer-by, show the woman's bloodied face as she is helped by paramedics.
The shocking incident occurred at around 5.30pm.
A man got out of a car and rushed at the woman, striking her with a claw hammer. He then jumped on her head twice before getting back into the car and leaving the scene. It is not clear if the woman knew her attacker.
The woman's wounds were bandaged by the roadside during rush-hour traffic.
The medical staff who first attended the scene were passing by in a vehicle used to carry transplant organs when they were flagged down to help.
An ambulance arrived on the scene after 30 minutes and the woman's care was passed over to those paramedics.