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Monday 5 December 2016

2015 set to become capital's worst year for assaults

Pearse Street Garda Station
Pearse Street Garda Station
The Herald today reveals the 'hotspots' for assaults, with the inner-city unsurprisingly dominating the list, given the number of late-night social venues

The number of assaults committed in Dublin is set to reach an all-time high by the end of the year, with an average of 13 reported every day.

The Herald today reveals the 'hotspots' for assaults, with the inner-city unsurprisingly dominating the list, given the number of late-night social venues.

In the first six months of this year, 2,528 assaults and related crimes were reported in Dublin. The full-year figure is expected to pass the 2011 total of 5,014, making 2015 the worst year ever for assaults.

The data, detailing assault offences for the first six months of this year, was supplied by gardai to the Central Statistics Office.

Murder

It relates to crimes including attempted murder, threats to kill, assault, harassment and poisoning, which are covered by the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

The Dublin Metropolitan Region's (DMR) South Central 'B' District (Pearse Street) recorded the highest number of assaults, with 703 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Officers from Pearse Street police some of the city's busiest areas, including Grafton Street and St Stephens Green, as well as the bustling Temple Bar and Harcourt Street nightspots.

Second on the list is the DMR North Central 'C' District (Store Street), which recorded 448 assaults per 100,000, while the area covered by Mountjoy Garda Station had 214.

The number of assaults in the Store Street area alone has increased by 46pc in the space of a year.

Also high on the list are Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda Stations, which together form the DMR South Central 'A' District and have assault ratios of 169 and 167 per 100,000 respectively.

The highest-ranked garda area outside the city centre is Ballymun, which recorded 166 assault offences per 100,000, while Dun Laoghaire had 114 for the first six months of the year.

While only a relatively minor figure in comparison with the number of physical assaults carried out, the capital has accounted for the majority of attempted murder offences nationwide for many years.

In the first six months of this year alone, there have been seven attempted murders in Dublin, with five of those in the DMR Western Division which includes Finglas, Clondalkin and Ballyfermot Garda Stations.

Wounds

Student Tushar Subhra Baruah (25), who was assaulted while returning home from a night out in Temple Bar last March, told the Herald how the mental wounds can sometimes be worse.

"I would be wary of walking around town now. I'd try to make sure I'm with a group of friends. If I'm alone I would get a taxi if it's late," he said.

"The scars heal, but the memory stays with you. I thankfully haven't experienced anything like it since, but you don't forget what happened either, and I would take a lot of precautions now on a night out."

Tushar, from India, was attacked by a group of six people in their early 20s while walking through Temple Bar.

The gang of five men and one woman punched and kicked him while shouting racist and homophobic abuse in what was an unprovoked assault.

"The girl then told them to stop attacking me, but they wouldn't," Tushar said.

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