Woman (27) badly beaten in 'random' street attack
Gardaí are investigating after a young woman was viciously attacked and beaten up as she walked home from a Christmas party.
Retail worker Amy Hayes (27) suffered broken bones in her face and sustained extensive bruising injuries after she was set upon as she walked on George's Street in Wexford Town in the early hours of Sunday.
Ms Hayes had been enjoying a company Christmas night out in the hours before she was attacked.
The assault took place at approximately 3am near Abbey Court on George's Street.
Ms Hayes's sister Gillian said she was lucky she did not suffer more severe injuries.
She added that the assault has left her family upset and searching for answers.
"She fought back so hard," Gillian said.
"He kicked the living daylights out of her. The fight in her saved her life.
"This was an unprovoked attack with excessive violence. No personal belongings were taken," said Gillian.
"She is bruised from head to toe and she has broken bones under her nose. It's the brutality of it."
Sources told the Irish Independent that they believe it was a random attack.
According to the 'Wexford People', a woman living in Abbey Court heard Ms Hayes screaming and turned on the light in her apartment before going onto her balcony.
The woman screamed at the man to stop and he ran off. She then rang gardaí.
Ms Hayes was brought by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital and transferred later that day to Waterford University Hospital.
An incident room has been set up at Wexford Garda station and investigating officers are appealing for witnesses to the assault. Anyone who has information should telephone 053 9165200.
"The young woman was attacked from behind by a male who proceeded to punch and kick her. He was disturbed by a resident who heard her screams," said a Garda spokesman.
Gillian Hayes appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious or who may have seen Ms Hayes walking home to contact gardaí.
"We urge anyone who may have witnessed anything or heard anything to reach out to us due to the seriousness of this assault.
"The attacker is still at large so we would warn anyone walking home alone to beware."