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Monday 26 September 2016

Thugs who beat my son are just cowards - dad

Paul Deaton, 31, left, with his family; mother Dorothy, father Damien, sister Linda and brother Brian, right, at their family home in Casino Park, Marino, Dublin
Paul Deaton, 31, left, with his family; mother Dorothy, father Damien, sister Linda and brother Brian, right, at their family home in Casino Park, Marino, Dublin

The father of disabled man who was savagely attacked by a group of thugs has described the assailants as "cowards and animals".

Paul Deaton was viciously set upon by a gang at around 7.30pm on Wednesday in an unprovoked assault as he was watching a JCB carrying out work in Fairview Park.

The 31-year-old, who has an intellectual disability, was attacked by an unidentified teenage gang, who threatened to set him on fire and recorded the incident as they carried out the sickening assault, which left Paul with horrifying head injuries.

Speaking to the Herald, Damien Deaton (65) labelled the perpetrators as "cowards", saying the family were lucky that the attack didn't end up worse.

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"They're absolute animals, you'd think with technology and education these days people would have more sense than to attack a harmless man like Paul," Damien told the Herald.

"It was savagery, I'm just glad he can still move and walk after it and we're lucky as it could have ended up even worse."

Mr Deaton said his son preferred to stay in his room since the incident.

Mr Deaton also expressed concern about how his son would deal with the attack, saying that it "took years to get him where he is in terms of confidence and independence".

Shockingly, Paul has been the victim of other incidents in the past.

"He has had his bus pass stolen before, and his wallet taken off him as well. We can get them replaced and they wouldn't be as serious as what happened on Wednesday, but it's still outrageous," his father said.

"He is fascinated with the Dart, Luas, diggers, even Dublin Bus. He would know the bus drivers very well, and would often jump on the bus and go for a drive just because he enjoys it so much," Mr Deaton said.

Mr Deaton paid tribute to the kind-hearted people who aided Paul after the attack.

"I'd like to thank the man who helped him after the attack, and also the woman who gave him a lift to the pharmacy," Mr Deaton said.

"We know who she is and we'll be in contact to thank her in person. It just shows you how different people can be."

No arrests have yet been made and officers from Clontarf Garda Station are investigating.

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