Friday 24 November 2017

Gang who attacked my disabled son are 'scumbags' - dad

Paul Deaton pictured with his sister Linda
Paul Deaton pictured with his sister Linda

Robin Schiller

The father of disabled man who was savagely attacked by a group of teenagers has described the assailants as "scumbags, cowards and animals".

Paul Deaton was viciously set upon by a gang at around 7.30pm on Wednesday evening in an unprovoked assault as he was watching a JCB carrying out work in Fairview Park on Dublin's northside.

The 31-year-old, who has an intellectual disability, was attacked by an unidentified teenage gang, who threatened to set him on fire and recorded the incident.

Damien Deaton (65) labelled the perpetrators as "cowards", saying the family was lucky that the attack didn't end up worse.


"They're absolute animals. You'd think with technology and education these days, people would have more sense then to attack a harmless man like Paul.

"It was savagery, I'm just glad he can still move and walk after it," he said.

He praised kind-hearted people in the park who helped Paul after the attack.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident, and officers from Clontarf Garda Station are investigating.

Irish Independent

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