Young man savagely beaten with hammers at home in front of partner and child (4)
A young man was savagely beaten by a gang who broke into his home and then bludgeoned with him with hammers in front of his terrified partner and a four-year-old child.
Gardai said the 23-year-old man was very lucky to escape crippling injuries in the vicious attack in the Blarney area of Cork at 11.30pm last night.
He is being treated in Cork University Hospital (CUH) for multiple fractures and minor slash and stab wounds.
His condition is not life-threatening though he is expected to remain in hospital for several days.
The attack began as the couple were watching TV in their home and heard a crash at the front door.
A concrete paving slab had been thrown through the glass portion of the front door and five men forced their way into the property.
All five are understood to have been masked and armed with clubs, hammers and knives.
They began to beat the young man despite the terrified screams of the young woman and four-year-old child present.
Eventually, the woman and child were forced into another room while the beating continued.
The gang fled when the young man was finally beaten into a semi-conscious state.
The young woman managed to raise the alarm and he was transferred to CUH by ambulance.
He sustained a broken arm, suspected broken ribs as well as multiple cuts, bruises and slash wounds.
The woman and child were uninjured but were treated for shock.
They have now gone to stay with relatives in Cork city.
Gardai are investigating the attack and said they are keeping an open mind about the possible motives involved including that the young man may have been the victim of a case of mistaken identity.
Gardai are also examining whether the attack may be connected to another incident in the Blarney area on Monday night.
Gurranabraher gardai have appealed for anyone who saw suspicious activity in the Blarney or Tower areas between 10pm on Tuesday and 1am today (Wednesday) to contact them.