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DEFIANT STAND Tullamore axe attack victim claims 'I'm 100%… Nobody has to worry about me'

UK police had issued wanted notice for James Mongan and warned public to stay away... now he tries to allay fears of a fractured skull

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James Mongan standing up to tell our reporter he is fine and call out his attackers

James Mongan standing up to tell our reporter he is fine and call out his attackers

James Mongan standing up to tell our reporter he is fine and call out his attackers

The victim of this week's horrific axe attack stood up from his wheelchair outside hospital yesterday and told the Sunday World: "I'm 100 per cent. Nobody has to worry about me."

James Mongan (30) had a number of minor injuries after the feud-linked attack at a Tesco shopping centre in the Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Tuesday and remained in hospital yesterday.

It was feared that he had a fractured skull and dislocated shoulder, but Mongan told the Sunday World he was doing fine.

He even stood up out of his wheelchair and declared: "If anyone is taking a picture of me, look I'm 100 per cent. Nobody has to worry about me."

Mongan - who divides his time between Ireland and the UK - said he didn't want to comment any further on the attack.

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James Mongan tells our reporter from wheelchair he is still Number One and jeers attackers

James Mongan tells our reporter from wheelchair he is still Number One and jeers attackers

James Mongan tells our reporter from wheelchair he is still Number One and jeers attackers

Last May, police in the UK issued a notice saying he was wanted in relation to a shooting in Suffolk in April.

Police warned the public to stay away from Mongan and fellow Irishman John Paul Mongan (39) who they said had links to the Cambridgeshire area, after three victims were injured in the incident at a property on Elms Road, Red Lodge on Sunday, April 4.

An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were injured by shotgun pellets, with one victim suffering wounds to his face and neck.

A 17-year-old girl was also injured after falling as she tried to flee to safety. All three were taken to hospital for treatment but were discharged a short time later.

Police described it as a "targeted attack".

They arrested four men who have links to Mongan and charged them with two counts of malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (joint enterprise) and also violent disorder. They later issued the wanted notice in relation to James Mongan and the other man.

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Police said Mongan had connections to the Cottenham area in Cambridgeshire. They said: "Members of the public are advised not to approach them but to call police ­immediately if they see them."

Suffolk Police were unable to confirm ­yesterday if they still wanted to speak to him in relation to the shooting.

"We wouldn't be able to confirm or deny whether somebody is wanted due to data protection. The only way we can confirm if someone is wanted is if they come into a police station themselves," they said. The arrest of Mongan's associates in relation the shooting was recorded on video, with one man providing a running commentary.

He said: "That's a nice carry on... it was obviously a tip-off. I've never seen the like of it in my life.

"Dirty f***in' scummy b*****ds."

Gardaí are investigating if Tuesday's attack is linked to an ongoing feud involving families who are based in Ireland and the UK.

In a video posted online from hospital this week, Mongan claimed he didn't know who carried out the attack.

"Right lads," he says, "you all know who this is. As you all know I got attacked there by a couple of sheepdogs, I wouldn't even call them men, not last night, the night before.

"The worst injury I have, I done to myself. And that's this leg here, I twisted my ankle. They gave me a bit of a cut there," he adds, indicating his left inner thigh, "a bit of a scrape there, and I have a cut on me back.

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"That's from four of ye, well, three of ye, while one stood in the car.

"If ye have any balls on ye, come up and say who you are, now just say who ye are, that's all you need to do, just come and say who ye are, but you should be ashamed of yourself.

"Look at that," he says, gesturing to ­himself, "you thought you had me destroyed. Look at that, ha-ha ya boyo.

"Number one I am, number f****in' one. Look at me, ya thought I was destroyed lads, didn't ye? Look at that for a head, boys, a head bet a load a times with a hatchet."

Tullamore Councillor Neil Feighery said he was disgusted by Tuesday's attack and hopes the perpetrators are brought to justice.

"The first feeling that came to my mind was a feeling of disgust. There's obviously some class of a feud taking place. To see an incident like that happen when people are going about their daily business going into their supermarket."

He described the attackers as "nothing short of thugs" and said: "Nobody wants to see anybody hurt. The victim involved had a video widely shared on social media where he said he was okay and had a 'bring it on' [attitude]."

He said only a minority are involved in violence of the nature of ­Tuesday's attack and is thankful no one else got caught up in it.

"I don't think it was a random event. It was a targeted thing and in some respects that has reassured members of the public.

"This is not something you're likely to experience the next time you go into Tesco or any other retail outlet."

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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