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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Paedophile assaulted by mob in city garda station

Assault: convicted paedophile Danny Ward
Assault: convicted paedophile Danny Ward

Jim Cusack and Adam Cullen

A convicted child rapist has been assaulted by a group of vigilantes in a Dublin garda station after an angry mob chased him through the streets.

Danny Ward, who has been forced to move accommodation twice in the past two years, has yet again been moved with the assistance of the gardaí.

A number of videos posted to social-media sites last night show a number of men chasing Ward through Dun Laoghaire in south county Dublin.

It is believed they followed him to Dun Laoghaire Garda Station where he had sought refuge from the group.

One clip shows Ward cowering on the corner of a bench as a young, bigger man moves threateningly towards him with his right fist drawn back.

The assailant shouts: "That's the way the f***ing child was, you f***ing scumbag ... you f***ing animal."

He then punches Ward twice on the head and tries to kick him but slips on the tiled floor of the reception area.

Another video posted to the 98FM 'Dublin Talks' page shows a man asking: "Why did you do it"? But the convicted paedophile gave no response.

Last night, sources told the Irish Independent that Ward had presented himself at the station in a bid to escape the men.

He was kept on the premises for a short period before being moved to another location.

"He was here earlier, but he isn't any more," said the source.

"He was living close to the Dun Laoghaire area, but he has now been moved. This was done with the assistance of the gardaí."

Gardaí last night would not confirm if an assault had occurred in the station but said they were aware of "a number of videos that had been posted on social media".

Ward has been chased out of accommodation in north Dublin and from Ringsend last month.

He was beaten and chased by a mob in Ringsend after he was identified by teenagers who had seen his picture on a radio show website.

In recent weeks it is believed that Ward was living rough in the Dun Laoghaire area.

He was pictured a number of times by local people who appear to have been hunting for him. He was filmed on a bicycle in the Monkstown area yesterday around lunch time.

An earlier video clip showed Ward being shouted at by a woman as he stopped on his bike at Monkstown. He cycles off as she shouts at him.

After being injured in the attack last month, Ward is believed to have left a B&B he had been staying in the south side of the city.

Irish Independent

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