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Time-lapse video shows slash victim's face healing after Dublin attack

A little different to your usual selfie; this timelapse shows attack victim Alan Crowley's recovery after he was glassed in a Dublin bar.

Crowley was already in the middle of making a timelapse video when the unprovoked attack took place. Instead of abandoning his project, he decided to keep on going and show how long it would take for his scars to heal.


Alan originally posted the video to YouTube in 2012, but it recently went viral, with more than 780,000 views so far.

"Video posted to show people that while damage after surgery/an assault may look bad initially, after months of healing the scars dramatically improve," Alan wrote in his video's description.

He added that his attacker was given a custodial sentence.

Chef Thomas O’Connell (30) had no explanation or recollection of the assault which left Alan Crowley with such a serious injury that nightclub staff recoiled in horror when he went to them for assistance, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.

The victim later told gardai he was standing at the bar when he was hit in the face with a pint glass. He was worried straight away because he knew it was a bad cut and his face suddenly felt limp “like wet newspaper”.

Mr Crowley told the court that he needed 50 internal and external stitches from his forehead to his chin and reconstructive surgery to repair the damage caused.

Judge Martin Nolan, who viewed what he described as “frightening” photographs of the injuries, told Mr Crowley that his facial scars were not as bad as he had expected them to be having looked at the photographs. He said the surgical team who treated Mr Crowley should be complimented.

O’Connell of Whitechurch Park, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty to assault causing Mr Crowley harm at Howl at the Moon on Lower Mount Street on July 9, 2011. He has one previous conviction for a public order offence.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, told Judge Nolan that the Director of Public Prosecution wanted him to tell the court that she views the assault as being at the highest end for this type of offence.

Judge Nolan said the victim was “minding his own business when for his own reason Mr O’Connell attacked him with a glass”.

He described the attack as “savage” and said for some reason Mr Crowley became the focus of O’Connell’s anger.

Judge Nolan accepted O’Connell’s plea of guilty and the fact that he had €8,500 as a token of his remorse in court.

Garda Mark Eccles said Mr Crowley later told gardai he had not provoked his attacker and that his friends describe him as “a gentle giant”.

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