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Saturday 21 October 2017

Teenager beaten to death on the day he tried to join army

A TEENAGER who died following a brutal attack had attended an army interview on the day he was assaulted.

Niall Dorr (18) was viciously beaten by a gang in a quiet estate in Dundalk, Co Louth, while he was walking with two friends.

Gardai are expected to launch a murder investigation today

The incident took place on Castle Road in Dundalk just after 9pm on Wednesday.

It is believed an altercation had occurred between Mr Dorr and his pals and a group of up to seven others, including a woman.



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Mr Dorr sustained serious head injuries and he was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The following day, his family took the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life-support machine. A post-mortem examination was taking place in the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk today.

Gardai arrested two men, aged 21 and 23 years, on suspicion of assault causing harm.

They remain in custody in Dundalk Garda Station.

It is understood a woman who witnessed the assault had shouted 'stop' but was told she would be next.

Mr Dorr, who had been planning to do a bungee jump for charity in the coming weeks, was subjected to a vicious assault less than 3km from his home.

Gardai were investigating claims Mr Dorr was beaten with a bar but it is understood his injuries were not consistent with such an attack.

A knife was also recovered, though it is unclear at this stage whether he sustained any stab wounds. A block used for sharpening knives was also found.

The results of the post-mortem will determine the exact cause of the teenager's death.

Just hours before the attack, Mr Dorr had attended an interview for the Army and had already passed a fitness test.

He had written on his Facebook page: "Army interview went well."

comurphy@herald.ie

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