Monday 23 April 2018

'I was really scared and shouting at them to stop' - Student's nightmare attack by gang of teen thugs on Dublin beach

Man kicked and beaten after youth robbed his sunglasses

Dollymount Strand. Picture: Google Maps
Dollymount Strand. Picture: Google Maps
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A student was kicked in the face and jumped on by five men in a brutal and unprovoked attack as he walked on Dublin’s Dollymount Strand with his girlfriend.

The 26-year-old believed the attack occurred for no other reason than to steal his sunglasses.

The Brazilian student, who does not wish to be named, said he has been in Dublin for 18 months and wanted to enjoy the rare spell of good weather with his girlfriend on Tuesday, so they decided to go for a walk on the beach together.

“Because it was sunny there was a lot of people there, and we were walking through the dunes when a guy passed me and pulled my sunglasses off my face,” the student told the Herald.

“He didn’t say anything and just walked off. I thought he was just having a laugh with me.

“So I said to him ‘hey bro, give me back my sunglasses’, and went to take them back.

“He then turned and kicked me in the face, and then started kicking me in the back and head.

“I was down on my knees trying to protect myself. Then another guy joined him and started kicking me too.

“I was really scared and was shouting at them to stop.

“I managed to break away from them for a moment but then more guys came and all of a sudden, there was four or five of them.


“My girlfriend was screaming at them to stop but they pushed her away, and luckily an Irish girl and her boyfriend then came to help us.

“We broke away again and the Irish guy was taking me to safety when we saw the gang approach once more – but then a lot of Irish people gathered to help us and the gang left.”

The student was left drifting in and out of consciousness with head and facial injuries, as well as bruising to his back and body.

“Somebody called an ambulance,” the shocked student added. “I was dizzy and faint and sore. I don’t remember the ambulance coming, but I came around on the way to the hospital. It was awful.”

A short time later, gardai arrested five teenage males on Clontarf Road.

They were brought Clontarf and Raheny Garda Stations, where they are being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

All five were later released without charge and files are being prepared. A number of the youths were underage.

The student said he wanted to thank everybody who came to give him assistance during the ordeal.

“The gardai said I was lucky not to have been more badly injured,” he said.

“It was terrifying but I will heal. I am so glad for all the help that people gave us and want to thank them.

“This has not changed my opinion of Ireland. I still want to stay here and learn here. Ireland is a good place.”

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