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Violent thugs Young man recalls terror after being attacked by thugs as he got off the Luas

He started to say a lot of things like, ‘when we get off the Luas we’re going to have a fight outside and I have a knife'

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A young man who was attacked as he got off the Luas in Dublin on his way from the gym has told of his terrifying encounter at the hands of a gang of young thugs. 

Lewis told Joe Duffy on RTE Radio 1 this afternoon how he had decided to go back on the Luas, on the Red Line, when he was finished at the gym.

“There were a few people coming from work and other people coming from drinks and stuff,” he said. “I had my music on, minding my own business, and just on my phone.

There was a girl beside me and a guy and I think the guy got off at one of the stations. Another guy took that place just right beside me on the left side and then I felt like he was turning to me constantly.

“I know these kind of people who are just looking for trouble so I just stayed scrolling on my phone. He said something to me so I had to remove my headphones and I said, ‘sorry, what were you saying’.


“It was like, ‘what you are looking at’. I said, ‘I’m not looking at you, you’re actually looking at me’. He started to say a lot of things like, ‘when we get off the Luas we’re going to have a fight outside and I have a knife.

“I just tried to ignore that. This guy was by himself. My station was coming next so I decided to get off the Luas but then there was another three guys coming with him.

“They were very young fellas,” he added, “probably around 15 years old. They were quite short and then they started to say very offensive words that I didn’t even know what they meant until now.

“So I actually said to one of the guys, ‘I'm sorry I don't understand what you mean’. I just left the Luas and started to walk towards my place, in the direction of the Phoenix Park. But Heuston Station is really dark, I didn't realise that, so I was a bit nervous.

“I started to walk very fast but these guys came together and attacked me from behind. I fell to the floor and everything happened very quickly.

“These guys were starting to punch me and I was just thinking, ‘how I can defend myself in this kind of situation’. They were children attacking me and if I defended myself, if I punched them and broke something or whatever, I will have more consequences.

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“The only option that I had was to just protect myself. I tried to run towards the Phoenix Park and tried to take my phone out to try and pretend I was calling the guards. They were wearing hoodies so they just literally put the hoods on and covered their faces in case I was recording.

“I remember there were two or three girls as well and then these girls, they were laughing when the guys were attacking me so I just felt very humiliated.

“I'm just quiet, like, I feel like very unsafe at the moment,” he added. “Earlier today I would like to go to the gym ,but even in daylight I just feel every time that I see a bunch of young people I feel a little bit nervous.

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“I don't feel protected here and I have to change my daily routine as well. When I was going to the gym after (the incident) I had to wake up earlier to go. It’s just awful, and it’s quite annoying that nothing is happening.

“It's not the very first story of these kind of situations happening here in Dublin.

It has started to become more public about these (sort of ) attacks and many people started reaching (out to) me.

“I would like to say I appreciate all these people that have been in touch with me, and some of them were like, ‘oh listen, ‘this just happened to me’.

“Nothing ever happened to me anywhere before, like, not even in Mexico. I just feel like unprotected to be fair.”

An eye-witness who saw the attack on Lewis said the gang had racially abused him.

“I turned around and there was a group of teenagers. There was one quite tall lad, I would say he was older, and the rest were 18 or 19 could have been 20 and there was a few other guys who were shorter.

They were reasonably well turned out, they were wearing a sports gear, had nice hair and they were very young.”

Asked by Joe Duffy if he heard them call Lewis racist names, he said, "I heard that, very clearly and that was when I knew there was a real problem.

"I saw Lewis, just another guy on the tram, and then I heard one of the young fellas say to him, ‘what are you looking at me like that for you effing’, and he used a derogatory term for a term for a Pakistani person.

“The doors opened, Lewis walked away very quickly but the guys came after him.

“At this point I had my phone in my hand ready to call the gardai as did the group of young ladies. The guys jumped on him from behind and they were roaring expletives at him.

“Then I saw Lewis fall. I was on the phone to the guards and once I saw a Louis fall, I started roaring and shouting at them to get away from him, to leave him alone.

“Chaos reigned completely at that point because I was trying to shout at them to get away from Lewis. “They looked at me and two of them ran across the bridge towards Dublin 7 and another fella kind of went over in the other direction.

“I told the gardai a guy had been attacked and he seemed to be okay and the other guys had dispersed and I was going to go over and see was he okay.

“I was scared myself. I saw one of the guys go up towards the station and I wasn't sure if he was still there and I was afraid he was going to jump me.”

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