Sunday 19 November 2017

Man seriously injured in bottle attack at Luas stop

Tom Brady and Louise Hogan

A YOUNG man is seriously injured in hospital after he was savagely assaulted with a bottle at a Luas stop.

Mark Cooke (23), whose family live at Derry Park in Crumlin on the southside of the capital, was left fighting for his life in St James's hospital.

His condition improved late last night and he was said to be in a stable condition, but in an induced coma.

A pool of blood on the street marked the spot where Mr Cooke was injured after he had been set upon near the Luas stop in Rialto, in the inner city, shortly after 5.30pm.

Gardai believe Mr Cooke had been sunbathing in the area earlier and was walking between the Rialto and Fatima when the incident took place.

They think he was struck across the head with the bottle and was also kicked and beaten as he lay on the ground.

His parents, Linda and Jimmy, and four sisters and three brothers were last night anxiously awaiting an update on his condition.

A suspect has been arrested and is being questioned.

The suspect is in his early 20s and from the locality.

Last night gardai were interviewing a number of witnesses and also carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area.

Large swathes of the area were sealed off by gardai, while two officers stood guard preserving the scene.

They issued an appeal to any Luas passengers, pedestrians or motorists, who witnessed a row between the two Luas stops between 5.15pm and 5.45pm, to contact Kilmainham station or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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