Wednesday 25 April 2018

Serious injury was from fall, say Gardai

Gardai at the scene.
Gardai at the scene.

David Medcalf

GARDAI have said there is nothing suspicious in an incident at St. Michael's Place in Gorey last Wednesday night, and that a man who sustained a head injury after a fall has been moved out of intensive care and is making a recovery.

The street was sealed off on Wednesday night and Thursday as Gardaí sought to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident during which the man, a foreign national in his late 30s who lives locally, sustained a laceration to the back of his head. Evidence of blood could be seen on the footpath the following day.

He was unconscious and unresponsive, and was taken by ambulance to Beaumount Hospital.

Gardaí sealed off the scene for investigation as a precaution, but once it was established that the man's injury was the result of an accidental fall, the cordon was lifted.

While the injured man was initially in a critical condition, he regained consciousness, and the following day he was talking to doctors.

Gardaí said it has now been established that the man fell on the footpath at around 9.30 p.m. while he was being accompanied home by three friends. An interpreter had to be called to assist in the Garda enquiries. 'We're satisfied that this was a fall,' said a Garda spokesperson. 'We have been told that his X-rays are clear and that he is out of intensive care, and has been moved to a ward.'

'There was nothing suspicious in this incident,' he added. 'An ambulance was called, and as he had suffered a laceration to the back of his head, the scene was sealed off until an investigation could be carried out.'

Enniscorthy Guardian