Relatives of murdered 'Fat' Andy seriously injured in bloody slash-hook attack
A YOUNG relative of slain gang leader 'Fat' Andy Connors is set to lose his ear after being attacked by slash-hook wielding masked men in an incident described as a "bloodbath".
The attack is believed to be linked to an ongoing feud in south-west Dublin that has seen a number of violent assaults as well as a young child being shot.
The bitter row has continued to escalate in recent weeks, the Herald reports.
And the Herald can reveal the latest incident took place at the same address where an 11-year-old boy was shot in the arm at the end of February.
The frightening events began shortly before 7am on Friday when two men armed with slash hooks, a baseball bat and pepper spray burst into the property on the Belgard Road. Their faces were concealed with balaclavas.
Two male relatives of 'Fat' Andy - aged 18 and 53 - as well as a juvenile who is not related to the homeowners, were in the house as the raiders entered.
The thugs then proceeded to launch a sickening attack, hacking at the victims with slash hooks as well as beating them with a baseball bat. The 18-year-old received the worst injuries, suffering slash wounds to his face, arm, back and leg.
"They really had it in for this young lad; he was left in a bad state. A good chunk of his ear is missing and he'll probably lose the rest of it," a source said.
"It was a real bloodbath, the lad's arm was badly wounded as well, there were slash wounds all down his back and on his legs."
The 16-year-old juvenile also received slash wounds to his body. Meanwhile, the 53-year-old man was beaten with a baseball bat and suffers wounds from the slash hooks.
The raiders fled the scene in a silver vehicle. Emergency services were called and the three badly-wounded victims were rushed to Tallaght Hospital.
The 18-year-old victim is expected to lose his ear, but none of the three injured parties suffered life-threatening injuries.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to Friday's incident. Officers from Clondalkin Garda Station are investigating.
Earlier this year an 11-year-old boy was struck in the arm by shotgun pellets at the same address. The incident happened on February 28.
Father of six 'Fat' Andy Connors was gunned down at his home in Saggart, west Dublin, in August.
He had acted as a bank-roller for several drug trafficking gangs over the past decade, and was buried in a €28k gold-plated coffin.