Thursday 23 November 2017

Garda probe after man falls 10ft during row

Brian McDonald

A FILE is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after a late-night incident which left a young man critically ill in hospital.

Gardai are continuing their investigations into the incident in which a 20-year-old from Waterford suffered serious head injuries.

The injured man was among the race-week crowds socialising in Galway city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Shortly after 3am he was standing with a friend on a 10ft-high ESB sub-station at Eyre Square when they became involved in a row with two other young men, who had climbed up to join them.

Serious

Following an altercation, the 20-year-old tumbled to the ground and sustained serious head injuries. The other two men immediately fled the scene.

The injured man was rushed by ambulance to Galway University Hospital where his condition was initially described as "critical".

His parents travelled from Waterford to keep a vigil by his bedside and yesterday his condition had improved.

He was said to be in a "stable" condition.

Following a detailed forensic examination of the scene, gardai arrested two local men, both in their 20s, on Saturday.

They were later released without charge and a spokesman confirmed that a file would be sent to the DPP.

Irish Independent

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