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Businessman is key suspect over attack on clamper

A WEST Dublin businessman is under investigation for a violent wheel-brace attack on a clamper.

The man, who is based in the Dublin 22 area, is the chief suspect for the attack that left Romanian George Pista fighting for his life.

Mr Pista was placing the clamp on a car at a car park on Werburgh Street, in Christchurch, last November 14 when he was attacked by a man.

The Herald understands that the chief suspect for the attack saw the clamper preparing to put a clamp on his girlfriend's car and demanded that it be removed.

When Mr Pista informed him that he could not do so, the suspect took a wheel brace from the car and hit the clamper on the head.

The businessman and his girlfriend are then suspected of fleeing the scene, but the man has since emerged as the chief suspect for the attack.

The suspect runs a large west Dublin business and is well known within his trade. He had not come to garda attention previously.

Mr Pista remains in Beaumont Hospital seven weeks after the violent incident.





recovery

He suffered serious head injuries and was close to death, but his life was saved by paramedics and doctors and he has since made a strong recovery.

Mr Pista works with National Controlled Parking Systems (NCPS), which is responsible for monitoring the small Werburgh Street car park.

The street links Christchurch to Bride Street. NCPS has declined to comment on the incident but confirmed that it involved one of its staff.

Gardai are asking anyone who was around Werburgh Street on the night of the incident and noticed anything suspicious to contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station on (01) 666 9000.

A large number of people passed by the location of the assault, gardai believe, as they moved about after the first leg of the Ireland-France Worl dCup soccer play-off.

The car park is not the multi-storey facility behind the Jurys Inn hotel but a pay-and-display parking area which is situated on the left-hand side of Werburgh Street when travelling from Christchurch.

clooney@herald.ie


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