Three held after brutal assault on gunman
A WELL-known criminal who is fighting for his life was struck four times across the head by an assailant armed with a hurley.
A 21-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old man were being questioned yesterday by gardai after Pa Byrnes Jnr (34) was brutally assaulted in Limerick city.
Byrnes, who has more than 115 criminal convictions, was released from prison last Friday. He had just completed a five year sentence for stealing a car and going on a driving rampage across Clare.
While walking along Lord Edward Street on Tuesday afternoon, a car pulled up alongside him.
One man, armed with a hurley and possibly a second blunt weapon, got out of the vehicle and viciously assaulted Byrnes.
He was struck several times across the head and was left heavily bleeding on the ground.
His assailant then escaped in the waiting car.
Gardai believe the attack was carried out in retaliation for a 2005 shooting in which Byrnes opened fire and was identified as the gunman.
He was sentenced to six years in jail after Edward 'Teddy Boy' Harty was shot three times in the chest and neck at Lisheen Park, Patrickswell in Limerick.
Two other men were also injured in the shooting.
Byrnes is in critical condition at Cork University Hospital following extensive surgery late on Tuesday night.