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'random encounter' Dublin man (60s) left with severe head injuries after 'one-punch attack'

Gardaí are satisfied that just one punch was thrown,” said a source


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A man who was left with severe head injuries after being attacked in north Dublin city on Monday night was the victim of a “one punch attack” gardaí believe.

It is understood the victim, who is in his 60s and from the Donaghmede area of the capital, became involved in an altercation with a number of young men in the Fairview area.

A suspect was quickly identified and he is understood to live in a local “half-way house” according to senior sources.

“He is adamant that he did not start the altercation. This seems to be a completely random encounter on a Dublin street which has had very serious consequences ” a source revealed.

“This was not a case of a man being beaten up on the street – gardaí are satisfied that just one punch was thrown at the injured party and this is what has caused his very serious injuries,” the source added.

Gardaí and the emergency services attended the scene after the alarm was raised.

“A male aged in his 60s was discovered in an unconscious state and was taken from the scene by emergency services to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries,” said a garda spokesman.

“A male in his 20s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at Clontarf Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. This investigation is ongoing,” he added.

Gardaí sealed off a section of pavement outside the old Jewish cemetery, and a house across the road from it on Fairview Strand.

Members of the garda technical bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene, and took samples from bloodstains on the footpath.

It is understood gardaí are seeking others in connection with the investigation, having arrested one young man at the scene.

Locals said they were first alerted to the incident when they saw the blue lights from the emergency service vehicles.

“I could see the man on the ground and all the ambulance crews around him, then later I saw the man being arrested. He looked very young,” said one Fairview Strand resident.

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