'Fight saved her' - sister of woman in horror attack
Gardai are appealing for information after a young woman was viciously assaulted on her way home from a Christmas party.
Amy Hayes (27), who works in retail, was on her way home from a company Christmas night out when she was violently attacked in George's Street, Wexford, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Sources believe the violent attack was random. The thug who committed the offence is still at large.
Ms Hayes sustained broken bones in her face and extensive bruising to her body after being violently kicked and punched by her attacker in the vicious and unprovoked assault.
The incident took place at around 3am near Abbey Court on George's Street.
Ms Hayes' sister Gillian said that her sibling had fought for her life.
"She fought back so hard," said Gillian, who outlined the family's shock and upset at the incident.
"He kicked the living daylights out of her. The fight in her saved her life.
"This was an unprovoked attack with excessive violence," she added.
No personal belongings were taken from her, said Gillian, "but she is bruised from head to toe and has broken bones under her nose. It's the brutality of it."
Reports suggest a woman living in Abbey Court heard Ms Hayes screaming and turned on the light in her apartment before going on to her balcony.
She screamed at the man to stop and he ran off. Then she rang gardai.
Ms Hayes was brought by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital and transferred later that day to Waterford University Hospital.
Gillian Hayes appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who may have seen Ms Hayes walking home, to contact the gardai.
"We urge anyone who may have witnessed anything or heard anything to reach out to us due to the seriousness of this assault," she said.
"The attacker is still at large so we would warn anyone walking home alone to beware."
An incident room has been set up at Wexford Garda Station and investigating officers are appealing for witnesses to the assault.
"The young woman was attacked from behind by a male who proceeded to punch and kick her until he was disturbed by a resident who heard her screams," said a garda spokesman.
- Anyone who has information should telephone gardai in Wexford on 053 9165200.