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Saturday 10 December 2016

Father and son beaten by hammer attack pair

A DUBLIN man and his father were set upon by two armed thugs in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity.

The incident happened in the Coolock area at approximately 11.30pm last Thursday.

The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Herald he answered a knock on his front door and found two men wearing baseball caps in his driveway.

The men, aged in their 30s, enquired about the whereabouts of a man who is unknown to the homeowners.

After informing the two men that they were at the wrong address, the victim attempted to close his front door.

However, one of the attackers wielding a hammer began attacking the door of the house, completely smashing the window. After a struggle the thugs gained access to the property, and began to assault the victim.

They hit him in the face, shoulder and leg. The victim explained how the assault could have ended up a lot worse, had his hallway not been dimly lit.

"They were attacking me with the hammer, but because it was so dark they could barely see me on the floor. I was rolling around and they kept swinging the hammer around, he must have tried to hit me about 15 or 20 times," the victim said.

His father, who has a heart-condition then attempted to intervene, hitting one of the attackers with a fire-poker.

However, the father was also set upon by the men, who hit him with the hammer.

The two men continued to attack their innocent victims, and only realised they had targeted the wrong address when the victim's mother intervened.

fled

"My mam came down the stairs and shouted at the two lads that they had the wrong house. They looked at each other and finally realised that they were at the wrong house," the victim said.

The two assailants fled, but not before leaving a chilling threat to the homeowners, telling them: "If we had been at the right house your throat would be getting slit."

No arrests have yet been made but detectives are investigating.

hnews@herald.ie

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