Teens threaten to burn special needs man in city park assault
The family of a man with special needs have condemned an attack on him at a public park in Dublin last night.
Paul Deaton (31) was left with a serious head injury after he was set upon by a group of teens in Fairview Park.
His family said the culprits recorded the violence on mobile phones and threatened to set him on fire.
"Paul is traumatised by what happened," his sister Linda Deaton told the Herald today.
She went with him to Beaumont Hospital where he had four staples inserted to close a large gash to his head.
Linda said her brother "is really gentle and wouldn't say boo to anyone".
He lives at home in Marino with his older brother Brian (34) and their mum Dorothy.
Paul left his home at 7pm to go to Fairview Park to look at JCB's which are working there.
"Paul loves tractors and diggers and was taking pictures of them on his phone," Linda said.
Paul was fine until the gang of three teens came up to him and began to harass him.
Linda said they tripped him, causing a serious wound to his head before they began kicking him as he lay on the ground.
"He was kicked and eventually he got away. They laughed at him and took out their phones to take pictures of him."
After the attack Paul was covered in blood and it was a stranger who came to his rescue and brought him to nearby Costello's pharmacy.
"We want to thank the young woman who came to help him. We don't know who she is but we're grateful."
Linda went with Paul to hospital where he had his head stapled and other injuries treated.
Paul Deaton's injuries
The Deaton family are hoping that the culprits will be brought to justice and have reported the attack to the gardai in Clontarf.
Linda said one of the teens was wearing a grey top, the second had a black jumper and the third was possibly in a red jumper.
They want anyone who saw anything or can help to come forward.
The attack has been condemned by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke.
"Are we getting to the stage where we need to put in park rangers to patrol the park?," he asked.
Mr Burke offered his sympathies and support to Paul and his family and said that he lives only two minutes from the park.
"This is an act that is deplorable, despicable and cowardly. I hope it is not a trend. I hope anyone with any ounce of information will report it to the gardai," Mr Burke added.
A garda spokesperson confirmed that the gardai in Clontarf are investigating.