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Friday 20 September 2019

Attacker 'wore Guy Fawkes mask' in Paddy assault

The assailant who attacked pensioner Paddy Hansard wore a mask, gardai said
The assailant who attacked pensioner Paddy Hansard wore a mask, gardai said

Gardai investigating a brutal attack on pensioner Paddy Hansard are appealing for information to find a Guy Fawkes mask they believe was worn by his attacker.

Investigating officers are asking the public if they have come across the mask, as they believe it may have been discarded by the assailant following the incident.

The attack on Mr Hansard (75) took place at Courtney Place, Ballybough, Dublin 3, at around 2am on Saturday.

Vigil

Mr Hansard is still in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital.

He suffered serious injuries to his head and spine.

A vigil was held on Monday night in the local area for Mr Hansard, with his neighbours rallying behind him.

A man aged in his 50s was arrested over the assault but was later released without charge.

He is understood to have since gone into hiding.

More than 200 people gathered outside the Courtney Place flats in Ballybough on Monday to say prayers.

Neighbour Natalie McGucken (36) and her husband Derek (35) took their children Max (4) and Kristina (10) went along to pray for his recovery.

She saw Mr Hansard being taken away by ambulance and still cannot believe what happened to him.

"I was shocked. He just comes in and out and minds his own business. He's a lovely man," she said.

Local councillor Christy Burke said Mr Hansard's brother, Paul, broke down in tears and thanked the community for all the texts, emails and other expressions of support they have received.

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