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PhD student blinded and scarred in racist attack

A DUBLIN father has been jailed for his role in a vicious racist assault on an African PhD student which has left him disfigured and blind in one eye.

Luke Casey (25) beat Mapfumo Cuidzambwa (30) with a hurley while his co-accused, Stephen Mooney (24) hit his head with a golf club, breaking the unarmed victim's facial bones and sinking his right eye into its socket.

Witnesses to the assault later told gardai that Mooney could be heard shouting "Do you want to see me crack a n****** skull?"

Mooney of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin was jailed for four years last July. He is also serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence for attempting to rape a girl at a house party while he was on bail for the assault.

Casey, of Greenfort Gardens, Clondalkin, was jailed for three years and nine months.

Both men pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Cuidzambwa causing him harm and criminal damage of two cars at Greenfort Lawns on October 1, 2006.

Detective Garda Paul Kelly told the court that Mooney and Casey had been at the same house party as Mr Cuidzambwa.

Mooney was asked to leave after he made unwelcome advances to a number of the women at the gathering. He took exception to this and he and Casey damaged a number of vehicles outside the house.

The party-goers went out to investigate but Mr Cuidzambwa was heading for home with his uncle when he was set upon.

Mr Cuidzambwa had moved to Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2001. He was studying for a PhD in wireless communication when he was attacked.

His victim impact report stated that he had to live with the horror of the assault on a daily basis and is reminded of it every time he sees his facial scars.