Professor’s son left ‘catastrophically disfigured' after glass attack
The son of a well-known medical professor was "catastrophically disfigured" in an assault in Dublin city centre.
Professor Stephen Cusack, a well-respected expert on emergency medicine at UCC, hit out on social media about the attack, which happened on Dame Lane at around 1.30am on Monday.
He told the Irish Independent that his son Andrew had asked him not to say any more about the vicious assault publicly, but that he was appealing for any witnesses to contact investigating gardai.
However, he explained his son was set upon by a thug and attacked with a glass or a glass bottle.
"Our son was catastrophically disfigured by an evil thug in Dublin Sunday/Monday night on Dame Street Any info to Pearse St Garda," he wrote on Twitter.
Prof Cusack asked his followers to re-tweet the news in the hope of alerting witnesses to come forward.
He received a flurry of support from his followers, who reacted in disgust to what happened.
"Horrified to hear about Andrew. Hope he's doing ok - long road ahead of him," follower Brian Mulcahy wrote.
"[I] am so so sorry to hear this terrible news," Ciara Kelly said.
"All best wishes to your family & the front line staff who care for us all day, every day," said another.
Following the messages of support online, Prof Cusack thanked his followers along with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), who treated his son.
He also thanked the staff of St James's Hospital and his plastic surgeon colleagues for their care.
"My tweet was to urge anyone with info to go to the guards. My son has asked that I don't speak further, I have to respect that," Prof Cusack told the Irish Independent.
Gardai in Pearse Street investigating the serious assault on the 21-year-old man at the junction of Dame Lane and Trinity Street on have arrested a 16-year-old male.
The teenager was arrested this morning and is being detained at Pearse St Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.
The altercation occurred between 1.01am and 1.10am at the junction of Dame Lane and Trinity Street.
The injured male received serious injuries to his face and was taken to St James's Hospital for treatment
Gardai in Pearse Street are appealing for witnesses to the incident, in particular a number of people who approached the ambulance as the injured male was receiving treatment, that may have witnessed the incident to contact them in Pearse Street on 01 6669000, through the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or at any garda station.