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Tuesday 17 October 2017

CCTV captures brutal attack as young dad is left fighting for his life

Christy Fitzgerald was attacked outside The Wright Venue
Christy Fitzgerald was attacked outside The Wright Venue

A savage attack that has left a young Dublin father fighting for his life was captured on CCTV, the Herald can reveal.

Christy Fitzgerald was brutally set upon outside a popular nightclub in Swords early yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to The Wright Venue on Airside Retail Park at 3.40am.

Mr Fitzgerald, who was being comforted by nightclub staff when gardai arrived, was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he is said to be gravely ill.

Gardai would like to speak to anyone who saw an argument between two men outside the club between 3am and 3.30am.

Occupant

They are also anxious to interview a man who got into a taxi immediately after the attack. He was wearing a light coloured T-shirt and dark trousers.

They also want to trace the driver of the taxi to help them with their enquiries.

"The taxi picked up a man close to where Mr Fitzpatrick was being treated," said a gardai spokesman. "There was at least one other occupant in the taxi."

A source said the CCTV footage shows the sequence of events and will prove vital in finding the attacker. It will be compared to footage prior to the attack to help identify suspects.

Other footage from the surrounding area of Swords could also help narrow down information on the taxi.

The driver of the taxi may be unaware of the assault, so gardai are appealing to taxi drivers who picked up passengers in the area at around the time of the attack to come forward.

The scene of the attack was sealed off pending a forensic examination by the garda technical bureau.

Neighbours of Mr Fitzgerald in the Termon Abbey area of Drogheda said they were shocked at the news.

"He's a good neighbour with a lot of friends," said one man. "It is terrible news."

"We have only just heard the news and are trying to take it in. I don't know him personally, just to say hello to but he seems like a popular man and would be well known in the area," said another neighbour.

"He's a big guy. He must be 6ft tall so I'm surprised somebody would attack him," said one local man.

Mr Fitzgerald is known to gardai and was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a robbery in 2002.

However, the motive for yesterday's attack is not yet clear.

Mr Fitzgerald, who is in his 30s, is originally from Finglas but he has spent the past few years living in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01-6664700.

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