Thursday 19 September 2019

Man who had jaw broken in one punch unprovoked assault has metal plates inserted

Ronan in his hospital bed after the attack
Ronan in his hospital bed after the attack
Ronan (right) and his brother Eugene (left).

Caroline Crawford

A YOUNG Galway man who had his jaw broken in three places in an unprovoked one punch attack is recovering in hospital after having two metal plates inserted in his jaw.

Ronan Greaney (23) was walking home in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was approached by a group of teens.

The young man, who runs the popular Dough Bros Pizza place in Galway city with his brother Eugene, was subjected to an unprovoked assault by one of the young men leaving his with serious facial injuries.

Yesterday he underwent surgery for over three and a half hours to have two plates permanently inserted into his jaw. He will also have his jaw wired shut for up to six weeks.

“It was really upsetting to see him after surgery yesterday. He was in a lot of pain despite all the drugs. They had to cut under his chin to insert one of the plates so he'll have a scar and they are four bolts in his cheeks holding the wires in place.

"His jaw will be wired up for four to six weeks, but we’re hoping it will be off by Christmas. We’re going to Lanzarote as a family for Christmas and hopefully the wires will be off by then,” said his brother Eugene.

Ronan's injuries
Ronan's injuries

Eugene said the family were overwhelmed by the surge in support and calls after highlighting the attack yesterday.

The family and the business have been inundated with calls and messages since the incident.

“It’s keeping Ronan’s spirits up knowing the warmth and support that is out there for him. We just want to see him recover and get justice for him. We want these guys caught,” he added.

Gardai are now reviewing CCTV footage from the area. They have urged anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

Ronan had gone to their local shop for cigarettes after returning from a night out when the attack occurred outside the Woodquay Stores in Galway city at 1.30am on Sunday.

“He can’t remember too much. The gang came over and started talking to him. He remembers talking to the guy for maybe 60 to 90 seconds, it was a normal talk, there was no aggression. One of the girls asked for a cigarette and he turned around and all he remembers is he got a whack from the side of the head,” said Eugene.

The blow was so severe that Ronan’s jaw was broken in three places and a serious amount of damage was done to his bottom teeth.

“He just ran and hid behind a car. He was so shook he couldn’t remember the number for 999, but he remembered my dad’s number and called him.

“When he came back into the house I was worried for him. I thought he was going to pass out, he collapsed on his hands and knees and blood was coming out his mouth. I brought him to hospital straight away and luckily he was dealt with right away. It was so severe, if it had been an inch or two higher could have been very bad. These guys need to be caught,” added Eugene.

The group of two male and two females were all aged between 17 and 20. One male had red hair and was wearing a blue/navy jumper while the other wore a grey and blue Adidas top.

This is the second violent attack to occur on the street in recent months. Two months ago a young man was stabbed in an unprovoked attack in the area.

Anyone with information can contact Millstreet Gardai on 091- 538000.

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