Friday 23 March 2018

Tattoo artist beaten, then run over by car

Devin Singleton suffered a fractured skull
Devin Singleton suffered a fractured skull

Ken Foy

THIS is the 23-year-old man who has been left fighting for his life after being driven over by a car following a row in north Dublin.

Tattoo artist Devin Singleton remains sedated and in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital where he is being treated after the incident in Edenmore Avenue, Raheny, which occurred shortly after 8pm on Saturday.

The Coolock man suffered a fractured skull, swelling on his brain and other injuries after he was mown down by a car close to the Edenmore Ink Tattoo Studio where he works.

No arrests have yet been made in the case which is being investigated by Coolock gardai, but senior sources said officers are following a definite line of inquiry.

A large number of patrol cars rushed to the Edenmore estate after gardai were alerted to what happened in the incident which was witnessed by a number of people.

A source told the Herald: "He is still in a very serious way and has therefore not been able to give gardai a statement."

However, detectives have built up a detailed picture of the events on Saturday night which led to Mr Singleton being targeted.

Sources said the attack is linked to an earlier incident in which a young woman went into the tattoo studio in Edenmore and attacked Mr Singleton with a baseball bat.

It is understood that she then left the business premises and went to her home.

Sources said that a close male associate of the woman then went back to the premises where another altercation took place between him and Mr Singleton.

Just seconds after this, Mr Singleton was driven over by the car.

Cases of assault causing harm involving vehicles are extremely rare in Ireland.

However, in April, 2008, a Ballyfermot man made legal history when he became the first person in Ireland to be convicted of murder using a vehicle as a weapon.

This was in relation to an incident in Arklow, Co Wicklow, where the victim was thrown 78 feet into the air by the impact.

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