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'Utterly horrendous' Man condemns racist attack that left Polish brother-in-law unconscious

Kris Cudzik was walking home from a late shift last Wednesday at around 11.30pm when the incident occurred.


Kris Cudzik after the attack

Kris Cudzik after the attack

Kris Cudzik after the attack

A man has spoken out after his brother-in-law was “left for dead” following a racially motivated attack in Wexford last week.

Kris Cudzik (39), a Polish native living in Ireland for the past 5 years, was walking home from a late shift at Drover Foods last Wednesday at around 11.30pm when the incident occurred.

Kris took a shortcut home through an area called The Knock in Wexford town, where he was approached from behind and beaten by two males.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline today, Kris’ brother-in-law Dane Tyghe explained that The Knock is “an area that you generally wouldn’t frequent” as it is not well lit and is home to lots of antisocial behaviour.

He explained: “My brother-in-law was finishing work on Wednesday evening in a meat factory in Wexford town where he’s worked for the last 7 or 8 months, and he left the plant at approximately 11.30pm.

“It was absolutely lashing rain and he got to an area of Wexford town. To people who know Wexford, that would be an area that you generally wouldn’t frequent because it’s not very well regarded as a place. It’s home to antisocial behaviour and certain types would drink there and there’d be lots of rubbish and cans there.

“I had no idea he was taking this route home. Kris is the type of person where there’s a touch of innocence or naivety about him.”

Dane then relayed the events of the “unprovoked attack” to listeners, saying: “He got a kick in the back and he was sprung upon by two individuals, two males. He had his head down and it was absolutely lashing rain. He said he didn’t see a thing.

“They rained kicks and punches on him. He has a massive black eye. He has a huge bruise on his right shoulder and numerous other bruises around his back and lower abdomen area.

“He was left unconscious for about half an hour, bleeding in this laneway. Eventually, he staggered onto his feet and found his way home in an awful condition.

“They came from behind and they shouted at him, ‘You foreign b*stard! Go back to your own country!’

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“I felt so sorry for him. The image of my brother-in-law covering his head during this racially motivated, unprovoked attack... They basically left him for dead.”

Dane said that Kris has had “nothing but positive experiences” since he moved to Ireland in 2016, but had been subjected to racial abuse in the past.

“Nobody deserves this. Kris is the most gentle, most kind-hearted person and for this to happen to him is just utterly horrendous,” he said.

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