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Friday 22 February 2019

Elderly man on crutches is viciously assaulted

David Looby

A man in his eighties on crutches was viciously attacked on New Year's Eve, suffering a suspected broken hip and a bump to the head.

The man was walking through a car park in New Ross when he was set upon by two men. He suffered a bump in the head in the altercation.

Marie Doyle - who will be co-opted to Wexford County Council in January - condemned the attack on the man on Monday afternoon, as an 'utterly cowardly disgrace'.

'I understand, that at around 3.15 p.m., a group of men viciously attacked an elderly man on crutches, in the Supervalu parking lot between the Quay and South Main Street. They then escaped in a car.'

Several witnesses and passers-by immediately went to the aid of the man - calling the emergency services, and also getting blankets, foil wraps, and a heat pack for him.

'He was kept company after that by several Good Samaritans - whose own common decency was in sharp contrast to the uniquely and utterly cowardly disgrace, by the gang of thugs.'

Gardaí arrived, followed by an ambulance, before 4 p.m.

'The unfortunate man had to sit on the cold ground the entire time - as he had a potential hip issue,' Ms Doyle said.

'This assault doesn't represent my town - the ordinary people who helped the man do. Anybody who knows anything about this, should contact the gardaí immediately.'

Ms Doyle said: 'I will point out, that while all the emergency personnel were entirely praiseworthy, at least two members of the public who tried to contact the New Ross Garda station directly, were unable to get through. I hope that garda management will clarify how the public contact the station - and are given the regular gardaí proper basic station resources.'

A Garda spokesperson confirmed they are investigating the attack, adding that the man's partner contacted garda to say he had broken his hip. The spokesperson said nobody has been arrested, adding gardai an be contacted on 051 426030.

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