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'Unrecognisable' Cork teen's teeth destroyed and jaw fractured in vicious hammer beating

"It’s going to take a long time for him to get back on his feet after this"


Gardai said investigations are ongoing (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai said investigations are ongoing (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai said investigations are ongoing (Niall Carson/PA)

A family member of a young teenager has told how he was beaten so badly with a hammer while walking home in the Curraheen area of Cork on Saturday night he is now “unrecognisable”. 

Neil Prendeville spoke to Louise on Cork’s RedFM about the 18-year-old Cork man whose jaw was fractured in the vicious attack while all his teeth were lost or broken.

Louise said the teen and his friend were on their way home, walking along the Curraheen Road on Saturday night, when a car pulled up.

“Apparently they had pulled masks up over their faces and they jumped out and just started attacking them," Louise said.

“One then pulled out a hammer and struck the family member on the head and then just continued, repeatedly hitting him in the head and face.

“One of the attackers then screamed ‘that's not them, that's not him’, so we feel it could be mistaken identity.

“He was unconscious on the floor, that’s from a witness, I wasn't there myself, but from what I know they then just drove off.”

Louise said paramedics were called and the gardai arrived as the teen was rushed to CUH (Cork University Hospital) for CT scans on his brain to see if there was any bleeding.

“He's unrecognisable to be honest and there isn’t a tooth in his head that is not broken,” Louise added.

“He had four CT scans and facial x-rays to see if there were bones broken in his face. He has a big gash across his forehead and stitches so he’ll be scarred for life. His cheekbones are completely swollen and all his teeth are broken.

“This is a young man who wore braces for years to get the teeth he wanted.”

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Louise added that the teen doesn’t remember anything after it happened as he was unconscious.

She described him as a “quiet young fellah, who doesn’t go out”.

“Him and his girlfriend, they stay at home, get takeaways and watch Netflix and play PlayStation. It’s going to take a long time for him to get back on his feet after this.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with his recovery.

It states: “Due to fear and investigation purpose his name will be kept anonymous.

"This was a random attack by thugs.

“He was brutally hit with a hammer on the head multiple times. Causing serious fractures to his face and teeth. He is very lucky to be alive.

"We set up this GoFundMe page so we can get his teeth repaired as they will need extensive dental work.

“This teen is a genuine, quiet young man. Money will help rebuild his confidence and smile."

Gardaí said they are investigating an incident of assault that occurred at a business premises in Bishopstown, Co Cork on Saturday, October 2 shortly before midnight.

“It is understood that a number of persons were involved in the altercation,” gardai said. “One male was seriously injured during the incident. He was treated at the scene by ambulance services and taken to Cork University Hospital.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

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