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urgent appeal Gardai in Letterkenny say vicious iron bar attack on car owner could have been murder

'This well have been a murder, the assault was that serious and that vicious'

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Letterkenny Garda Station

Letterkenny Garda Station

Letterkenny Garda Station

Gardai in Letterkenny have made an urgent appeal for help in tracking down a man who beat his victim before stealing his car so savagely that “it could have been murder”. 

Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell said the incident happened in the Long Lane area of the town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim, a man his is 50s, lost a substantial amount of blood after being beaten about the head.

The attacker then stole the man’s car which was later recovered by gardaí at Kirkstown, Letterkenny shortly after 6am that morning.

Inspector O’Donnell told Highland Radio this was a very serious incident and warned that the person responsible could potentially do it again.

“(The victim) was attacked, viciously outside his house, in his drive by a young male who we believe was wielding an iron bar,” Inspector O’Donnell said.

“Now, this male beat the 50-yrear-old man about the head and upper body in a very savage way.

“So, there was a lot of blood loss. Subsequently, this man made his way to hospital where he received more than a dozen stiches to his head, and he had some broken bones in his face, and in his hand, we believe.

“This well have been a murder, the assault was that serious and that vicious,” Inspector O’Donnell added.

“The young male then took this man’s car, a small Toyota car, that was then driven down towards Kirkstown, where it was crashed.

“It would appear that this male then made his way on foot to the Ballymacool area.

So we are appealing to members of the public in the area, in Kirkstown and in Ballymacool, who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

“Or if they had seen any individual that may have looked out of place, or may have had blood on them, or basically or looked unusual, we would ask them to come forward and contact us at Letterkenny Garda Station.

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“This person needs to be apprehend,” he added, “and apprehended quickly. It is obvious that this may happen again and the next time we may not be so lucky that the individual survives it.

“There was a lot of blood at the scene and along that area. There was a lot blood in the car and there was a blood trail so we believe this individual was injured, either in the car accident or in the assault.

“So anybody in the area between 4.45 and 5.15 that morning, we would ask to come forward and assist us in getting this individual before courts because this was a very serious incident.

“It was totally unnecessary, the level of violence involved,” he added.

"It is only by the grace of god that this wasn’t a murder. It’s just pure luck.”

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