Thursday 26 April 2018

Four people arrested after violent seaside attack in which two people were injured

One victim was covered in blood as he fled his attackers, witnesses said

Bullock Harbour in the heart of Dalkey
Bullock Harbour in the heart of Dalkey

Michael Staines

FOUR people have been arrested on the Dun Laoghaire seafront after allegedly assaulting two men and throwing rocks at swimmers near Sandycove strand according to an eye-witness.

Gardai said they are investigating the alleged assaults which occurred in the Bullock Harbour area and resulted in minor injuries for both victims.

“Four persons were arrested, detained and questioned,” said a Garda spokesman. “All four have been released pending a file to the director of public prosecutions and we are still investigating at this stage.”

An onlooker said one of the victims was covered in blood with a bad head injury as he fled his attackers before collapsing on the road near Bullock Harbour. 

“I saw them holding this guy up against the rocks and one of them smacked him,” said a witness. “He would have hit off the granite rock, so he was wide open; and then the other four jumped all over him.”

The witness said the youths then moved up towards Dun Laoghaire – close to where they had been spotted earlier throwing rocks into the swimming area - and attacked another man.

“They went up and stopped this guy in a football jersey,” said the witness. “I saw him getting a smack and next minute they were all on top of him. I’ve never seen anything like it, in broad daylight with a couple of hundred people walking the sea-front.”

Four of the alleged culprits, two juveniles and two adults, were identified to the Gardai, who were unable to find the fifth.

One local business owner said the sunny weather has seen the guts of 150 -250 young people drinking on the seafront over recent days.

“It is anti-social behaviour at the end of the day,” said the local. “It is affecting people coming down, because who wants to bring their kids down there? You don’t want to go around the back of the rocks to get a sea view and see a lad getting hit with a bottle or something, do you?”

A spokesman for the Gardai said that they are providing as much extra policing as possible to cover summer gatherings at beaches and beside lakes all around the country.

“Any individual caught breaking the law will be cautioned or arrested or whatever is deemed appropriate for each incident,” said the spokesman.

“But attacks would be fairly isolated; they wouldn’t happen that often in Dun Laoghaire.”

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