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Sunday 19 August 2018

Man forced to eat his ear now in fear of life

A MAN viciously assaulted with a hammer, knife and iron bars and forced to eat part of his own ear is in fear for his life.

Brendan Higginbotham, from the Curragh Camp in Kildare, was the victim of the brutal Valentine's Day assault.

He told shocked paramedics how a gang cut off his ear and forced him to eat it but has refused to lodge a complaint with gardai.

Newbridge gardai are today trying to trace the whereabouts of Mr Higginbotham (21) to quiz him about the savage attack.

The horrifying assault took place at 12.40am on Monday after a gang dragged him down a lane near Eyre Street in Newbridge and began their attack.

Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Higginbotham described the extent of his injuries.

He said that he has been in hospital after getting his ears cut off and knee-capped, he also received 30 stitches in his head and face.

"I'm in bits very sore, have to say I'm scared for my f**king poxy life, heads wrecked over this crap," he wrote.

He told a friend that the attack was completely unprovoked.

Gardai were alerted to the incident after paramedics travelled to an apartment on Eyre Street to treat the victim.

The injured man was taken by ambulance to Naas Hospital before being transferred to St James' in Dublin for further treatment.

He discharged himself from St James' later in the afternoon and gardai have been unable to find him since.

Anybody with information about the attack is urged to contact the investigation headquarters at Newbridge station on (045) 431212, or on the confidential telephone line on 1800 666111.

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