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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin man put in coma after thugs jump on his head

An ambulance rushed the victim to St James Hospital, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma (stock picture)
An ambulance rushed the victim to St James Hospital, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma (stock picture)

A man has been placed in a medically-induced coma after a gang of men viciously assaulted him in an unprovoked attack close to his home.

The victim - named as Mark Conway -was returning home in the early hours of Monday morning with a friend when a group of around eight young men confronted them on St Agnes Road, Crumlin at around 1.30am.

The 30-year-old man attempted to run to his house just 100 metres away, but was set upon by the vicious thugs.

Unprovoked

Sources described how the group "jumped on" the victim's head during the horrific assault, with one of the men jumping from a low-level wall onto the man's face.

"They broke practically every bone in his face, it was a very violent attack. They were jumping and dancing on his head at one stage," a source said.

"It was an unprovoked attack and, while no weapons were used, the injuries caused from punches and kicks were horrific."

The men fled in the direction of Windmill Road and gardai and emergency services were alerted.

An ambulance rushed the victim to St James Hospital, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

He suffered severe wounds to his face and it is feared that he may now require facial surgery, while his back was also badly injured.

A man in his mid-20s was arrested in relation to the incident yesterday afternoon and is being detained at Crumlin Garda Station. Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

The number of assaults in the area have almost doubled in the last number of years, with recent garda figures showing that 90 assaults were carried out in the Crumlin area last year.

This is a significant increase on the 65 assaults that were recorded the previous year, with 45 committed in the first six months of 2015.

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