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Thursday 17 August 2017

Gang burst into caravan and attack man with a hammer

Garda investigate attack in which man was beaten with hammer
Garda investigate attack in which man was beaten with hammer

Gardai are investigating a savage attack in which a man was beaten over the head with a hammer and threatened with a knife by a brutal gang.

Sources say officers are probing whether there was is a "personal grudge" motive behind the attack on the man in Donabate, Co Dublin.

The victim, who was named locally as Ballymun man Christopher Benson (28), is said to be recovering from the ordeal after spending almost two days in hospital.

The incident unfolded at Hand's Caravan Park at 1.30am on Saturday when Mr Benson was alone in a caravan. Four men wearing gloves and balaclavas burst in and brutally assaulted, threatened and then struck him over the head with a hammer before fleeing.

Mr Benson was taken to Beaumont Hospital and the incident was reported to gardai at Swords garda station on Tuesday night.

Complaint

It is understood Mr Benson has not yet made a complaint to gardai.

Hand's Caravan Park was previously the scene of the unrelated gun murder of north inner city man Michael Taylor in June, 2011.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident on the other side of the capital, a 48-year-old man was stabbed in the foot during an aggravated burglary by a gang of men at 1.30am yesterday.

Over €200 worth of criminal damage was caused during the incident at Windmill Avenue in Crumlin.

The victim's 77-year-old mother and older brother were left in a terrorised state, but uninjured.

The injured man lost a lot of blood before being rushed to St James' Hospital. His injuries are not understood to be life threatening and no arrests have been made in that case.

kfoy@herald.ie

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