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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hammer attack leaves girl (16) scarred for life

A TEENAGE girl has been left with permanent scars after a horrific hammer attack in north Dublin.

The youngster was attacked, along with another girl who came to her aid, when they walked down some stairs at a housing complex in Ballymun.

She was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after the attack -- and underwent treatment for weeks before she was well enough to be released.

The broad-daylight incident occurred at Joseph Plunkett Tower in Ballymun.

Gardai have arrested and questioned a male teenager over the attack.

One of the girls was attacked from behind as she made her way down the stairs in the tower block, and the second girl was hit in the head as she came to her aid.

The two 16-year-olds were hospitalised after the assault, on September 24 last, with one being transferred to Beaumont Hospital because her injuries were so severe.

There were fears she might have suffered permanent brain injury, but she was released from hospital last week.

However, it is understood she has been left with permanent scarring.

The other teenager was kept in hospital overnight.

The incident occurred in Ballymun's remaining original tower block at 6.15pm on September 24.



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A teenage girl, who was visiting a friend in the tower block, was attacked from behind as she walked down the stairs.

It is understood she was hit more than once and fell on to the concrete.

The second teenage victim, who did not know the other girl, heard screams in the hallway and went to offer assistance.

As she ran over to try to help the girl, the attacker also struck her on the head with the hammer before he fled.

This girl, who was not as seriously injured, did not live in the tower complex either.

It is understood some witnesses saw the chief suspect moments before the attack.

One of the victims was also able to assist gardai in a small way with identifying him.

Gardai have arrested and questioned a 17-year-old youth, but he has denied any involvement, is it understood.

The suspect is not linked to any crime gang. A motive for the attack is not known at present.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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