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Saturday 21 April 2018

Gardai hunting 'boxer' as reveller left fighting for life by single savage punch

GARDAI suspect that the culprit behind a brutal street attack may have been a boxer -- such was the power of his punch.

Officers have today released these CCTV images in a bid to catch the man who carried out the attack on Grafton Street almost a fortnight ago.

Detectives from Pearse Street Station are investigating the vicious assault, which has left a young man fighting for his life with serious head injuries.

The man spent over a week in hospital after being treated for a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

The victim who comes from Monkstown, south Dublin, is aged in his 20s and was attacked at Grafton Street near its junction with Harry Street at 3am on Sunday, May 29.

The attacker singled out his victim and struck him a single blow to the head in what gardai say was a completely unprovoked assault.

A source said: "The injured party and two of his friends had been socialising in a bar at Harcourt Street earlier in the night and from there they got a rickshaw into the city centre.

"When the rickshaw reached the Grafton Street area, two of the victim's friends left without paying which resulted in the victim being in a verbal altercation with the rickshaw driver.

"It was while this was happening that the culprit approached the victim and laid the young man out with a single punch to the head. The powerful nature of the punch indicates that the culprit has knowledge of boxing.

"After this assault, one of the victim's friends came back to help and he was also assaulted by the man."

The man responsible for the assault had been walking down Grafton Street from the St Stephen's Green area along with another male and female.

The two people with the attacker tried to pull him away as the assaults took place. A crowd gathered around the injured man and investigating g ardai have asked that anyone who may have witnessed this assault, or who was in the Grafton Street area at about 3am, to contact them.

The victim was admitted to Loughlinstown Hospital the following day and was rushed from there to Beaumont Hospital.

Gardai say the culprit is a white male, aged in his early to mid 20s, tall, well built, casually dressed, who was wearing a white T-shirt under a jacket. The female is described as being of slim build, with dark hair. She was wearing a short black skirt and carrying a handbag in her right hand.

The second male was black, tall, well built and wearing a black jacket.

Officers would also like to speak to taxi drivers who may have picked up the three people in the city centre on the morning in question in the area around Westmoreland Street, Aston Quay and O'Connell Bridge.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Pearse Street Station at 01-6669000, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or a local Garda Station.

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