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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Dublin delivery man beaten up by gang of 11 yobs flees home to Brazil

Neto’s bloodied jacket
Neto’s bloodied jacket

A delivery man living in Dublin for seven months has returned home to Brazil after suffering a broken nose in a violent attack.

Francisco Teruliano de Oliviera Neto, known as Neto, has spoken about his injuries after footage of a separate incident involving an assault on Deliveroo cyclists emerged on social media.

The video shows a group of men throwing eggs and then a bike at the delivery men in Westmoreland Street, Dublin, on Wednesday.

Horrified

One witness said she was horrified by the group throwing missiles at the riders.

"I was in shock. We were telling them, 'Please, stop fighting'," she told the Herald.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the attack and that a man in his 40s was arrested.

The footage has sparked outrage among the Brazilian and wider foreign-language student community in Dublin, who say it is their "daily reality".

Neto (30) was a victim of a similar assault in Dublin last weekend, in which his nose was broken and he suffered head and limb injuries.

He had been working for Deliveroo for five months but had never had any negative experiences with customers until then. He was delivering an order to Tolka Valley Park in Finglas when he was attacked by a group "as large as 11 men" from behind.

"When I arrived, the customer's phone number was wrong so I called the support line. I was then surprised by several men who appeared between 17 and 19 years old," Neto said.

"They got out of the bushes and attacked me from behind, knocked me over with what seemed to be a baseball bat.

"I was wearing a helmet but after the blow, which hit me to the ground, they started to hit me all over the body - kicks and punches.

"Some of the boys took my phone and the bike, others started to take my wallet in my back pocket. Some people passed and did nothing to stop them."

Neto reported the incident to gardai and was taken to hospital, where a doctor confirmed his nose was broken. He then decided to fly home to Brazil for treatment.

"I always enjoyed working as a rider because I can make my schedules and can organise my time for studies," he said.

Alan, another Deliveroo driver, said he had been attacked three times.

"I was lucky to get away each time. I know people who have been threatened with knives," he said.

"People were after cash. Do they really think customers are tipping that much?"

Delivery staff are organising a demonstration for next Saturday in response to the assaults.

Threats

Deliveroo said that it was aware of the incident in Westmoreland Street and was investigating.

"Riders work hard and should be able to do so without harassment or threats of violence," a spokesperson said.

In a letter to staff, seen by the Herald, Deliveroo advised riders to work only in areas where they felt safe.

"We take reports about safety extremely seriously and will do everything we can to protect you from having your property stolen or being attacked."

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