Sunday 17 December 2017

Man charged in relation to assault on Afghan teen (18)

Family members (l-r) Fazal Ahmadzai (20), Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and Naqib Ahmadzai (18) who were attacked Photo: Arthur Carron
Family members (l-r) Fazal Ahmadzai (20), Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and Naqib Ahmadzai (18) who were attacked Photo: Arthur Carron
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A man has been arrested and charged in relation to an assault on a young Afghan man in Dublin.

Joseph Connors (21), with an address at Daletree Place, Ballycullen, Dublin appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court today charged with assaulting Naqeebullah Ahmadzai (18) causing him harm last Thursday, May 5.

Mr Connors is also charged with stealing a box of Coors Light worth €20 from a Centra shop in Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on the same date.

He is charged with damaging bottles of beer worth €35 at the same shop contrary to section 2(1) of the Criminal Damage act.

The suspect was remanded on bail to appear at Dun Laoghaire District Court again in July.

In a press statement gardaí said they are seeking three other men in relation to this investigation.

Earlier this week Abdul Ahmadzai (13), who is originally from Afghanistan, said he and his uncles Naqeebullah (18) and Fazal (20), were attacked in Ballinteer in south Dublin.

The three were cycling home from the park when four men jumped out of a car and allegedly attacked them. Abdul was struck across the face with a metal bar, while his uncle Naqeebullah suffered a broken cheekbone.

The attack took place along Nutgrove Way, close to Marlay Park where the three had been moments earlier.

Abdul, who is a first-year student at De La Salle Secondary School in Rathfarnham, has been living in Ireland for four years and is an Irish citizen.

"They said that this was only a warning and that next time they will kill us," Abdul said.

"I can't sleep after it."

He continued: "I was dreaming that those came into my house and tried to kill my family and when I woke up I couldn't sleep again."

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