Friday 15 December 2017

Garda plea as assault victim (63) left fighting for his life

Elaine Keogh and Olivia Kelleher

Gardai are trying to trace the movements of a 63-year-old man fighting for his life after a vicious beating.

The man, identified by gardai as 'Martin', was found by a taxi driver on Academy Street in Navan, Co Meath, some distance from the town centre, at around 12.30am yesterday.

It is believed he sustained his head injuries after being assaulted by a group of up to four people. The motive for the assault on him remained a "mystery", said gardai.

The man's wallet and cash and mobile phone were found on him.

Gardai believe that when the taxi driver arrived on the scene at Academy Street at 12.30am a group of people quickly left the area.

Garda Superintendent Michael Devine, Navan, said: "We are interested in speaking to three or four people seen in or about Academy Street between midnight and 1am; there were four people, possibly two of them were women."

The victim, who is a bachelor, has been in a critical condition in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital since and members of his family visited him yesterday.

Anyone with information should call 046-9079930.

Irish Independent

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