Thursday 23 November 2017

Man (49) stabbed and beaten by gang during 'horrific' burglary may lose an eye

Deansrath estate, Clondalkin Photo: Google Maps
Deansrath estate, Clondalkin Photo: Google Maps
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Robin Schiller

A man was left for dead after being repeatedly stabbed and beaten during a horrific aggravated burglary.

The 49-year-old victim was attacked after a gang kicked in the front door of his west Dublin home in the early hours of the morning.

He was stabbed five times, including twice in the neck, and suffered a smashed eye socket after being struck in the face with a blunt object as he lay in bed.

Gardaí suspect that up to four young men were involved in the incident, which occurred on the morning of November 1 in the Deansrath estate, Clondalkin.

The gang beat the entirely innocent man and ransacked his home.

There are now fears that the victim could lose his eye due to the severity of his injuries.

The victim also suffered two knife wounds to his neck and puncture wounds to his shoulder and stomach.

The thugs continued to assault the man as they ransacked his home in the hunt for items to steal.

"At this stage, it seems that the perpetrators spent the best part of an hour in the house, where they assaulted and robbed the man," said a source.

The gang eventually made off with the man's laptop, a quantity of cash and the keys to the victim's van.

This vehicle was found burnt out later that morning.

The victim was brought to Tallaght Hospital, where he was treated overnight.

He has since returned to hospital due to his injuries deteriorating, and is expected to receive further medical treatment to his eye later this week.

"His eye socket is completely smashed and there is severe swelling. There is a genuine fear that he could lose his eye," a source said.

Gardaí have confirmed that officers at Clondalkin Garda station are investigating an incident of aggravated burglary and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle.

As part of the investigation, gardaí have carried out door-to-door inquiries.

It is understood that investigating officers have identified some of the gang involved in the vicious assault on the man, who are all males and range from their late teens to mid-20s.

A number of searches have also been carried out as part of the ongoing investigation.

A team from the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene in the aftermath of the attack.

No arrests have yet been made but inquiries are continuing.

Irish Independent

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