'Feral gang' stamp cat to death and beat OAP in row over €50 drugs
A cat was killed and an innocent OAP was badly beaten after a row over a €50 drug debt in Dublin spiralled out of control.
Gardai are closely monitoring a mob of teenagers in north Dublin after the series of shocking incidents.
Sources say that a dispute among teenagers in Edenmore over a small drugs debt led to a "feral gang" embarking on a campaign of terror.
A 16-year-old ringleader is suspected of "stamping" a cat to death a number of weeks ago in a sickening act of intimidation.
The cat's innocent owner has no involvement in the dispute, however, the cat's "spine was broken" by the teenage thug simply so "he could get at another teen".
While this shocking incident happened over a fortnight ago, the situation spiralled out of control last Thursday night.
At around 8pm, a number of teens were involved in a 'face-off' in the Edenmore area with some of the young thugs armed with iron bars, poles and baseball bats.
The youths had dispersed by the time that gardai responded to reports of the fight during which one of the teenagers was assaulted.
However, at 10.30pm, a group of yobs linked to the 16-year-old ringleader returned to the area looking for another boy who they have been in a dispute with over an alleged debt.
They called to the home of an innocent man in his 70s, who is well known to that boy, and screamed abuse at him before attacking his car which was parked outside the property.
Bats and bars were used to smash up the vehicle and when the OAP tried to intervene, he was badly beaten by the thugs and suffered nasty head injuries after he was struck with a weapon.
"He suffered a nasty gash to his scalp and he was brought to hospital once emergency services arrived," a source explained.
"This man has no involvement in crime or the dispute between the teenagers.
"The attackers had left the scene before gardai arrived and there have been no arrests so far in this case. But a definite line of inquiry is being followed.
"What happened on Thursday night is being investigated as an assault and criminal damage case.
"The earlier alleged incident with the cat is not being investigated by gardai as no complaint was made to them," the source added.
Local sources say that the gang of young teens allegedly involved in the incidents are causing "mayhem" in the area.
One of the young yobs is the chief suspect for an attempted armed robbery at the Power Curry takeaway on Edenmore Avenue at 6.50pm on Thursday - just hours before the brutal assault on the grandfather in the same estate.
A masked youth entered the takeaway and threatened staff with a knife before fleeing the premises on foot.
"These young fellas are running amok at the moment. They are badly beating up other teenagers for drugs debts - lower than €50 in some cases.
"They are robbing drugs from other drug dealers, which is causing big tension and they are hanging around outside shops intimidating and threatening people.
"They are robbing bikes and cars and breaking into houses. They are a menace and something needs to be done about them," one local told the Herald.
Some of those involved in the mayhem have links to a gang of mainly teenage "disorganised yobs" who are suspected of stealing around 30 high-end cars in the space of a fortnight in some of the poshest suburbs on the capital's northside during the summer.
Senior members of the ruthless criminal mobs involved in "highly-active" feuds, which have led to four murders in the capital's northside this year, are paying the prolific burglary gang in small quantities of drugs rather than cash for items stolen in their crime spree.
A special operation targeting their activities is being led by detectives based in Raheny and Howth stations.
These officers have carried out a number of search operations and out of 16 high-end vehicles stolen by the younger gang in late July and early August, gardai have managed to locate 11.