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Bizarre case of the innocent man who handed himself in

A MAN handed himself in over a street assault captured on CCTV -- only to be told that he wasn't a suspect.

The bizarre incident came as gardai investigated a violent attack at College Green in Dublin, which left a young man with a broken neck.

The Herald published CCTV images of six witnesses.

Gardai have not made any arrests but the man thought he recognised himself.

A source said: "This man got the shock of his life when he saw the front page of the Herald. He saw one of the images and was absolutely convinced it was himself. He freaked out.


"After thinking about the matter for some time, he handed himself into Crumlin Garda Station.

"He was questioned by detectives and after some time it was established that this man was not in fact the same guy that was in the image.

"In fact, as it turned out he had not even been out in town on the night of the incident. He was a very relieved man leaving the garda station."

The development is just the latest frustration for gardai as they try to crack a case that they have been working on for over six months. The Herald published the images last month.

Six men who officers believe may have witnessed the violent incident at the corner of College Green and Anglesea Street at 4am on February 20 are seen in the footage.

"There have been a lot of phone calls to the investigating team where members of the public have nominated named persons as being the same as those featured in the CCTV images but all these names have so far proven to be incorrect," the source said.


The victim in the case, a 22-year-old student, was on a night out with pals when they came across a gang.

An argument broke out and the victim was badly beaten.

The 22-year-old suffered five broken bones in his neck and had his nose smashed during the beating. He has now made a full recovery.

Anyone with any information on the assault is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01-666 9000, or the Garda Confidential line at 1 800 666 111.