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sinister Dublin community horrified by attack that left man hospitalised with 'serious' burns

'It seems to have been a very sinister and awful way to cause considerable pain to the victim'

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St James's Hospital in Dublin

St James's Hospital in Dublin

St James's Hospital in Dublin

A Dublin community has been left horrified by yesterday’s incident in the south inner city that left a man in “serious condition” after receiving burn injuries to his upper body, local councillors have said.

The man, who is in his early 30s, was injured in what gardai have called ca serious public order incident involving a number of people at the Thornton Heights housing complex in Dublin 8.

Gardaí received reports of the incident involving a group of men at approximately 5.15pm.

The injured man was later brought to St James’s Hospital where he is currently receiving medical treatment.

Local councillor Marie Devine said the local community, which had its share of minor problems, was a good one that had been left shocked by the incident.

“This was a horrible attack,” she said.

“There have been some tensions there in recent weeks but for someone to end up in hospital with burns is just off the Richter scale."

Another councillor, Darragh Moriarty, said there had been "minor flare-ups" of anti-social activity in the area.

“These incidents can move around Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 but the detail we are hearing about yesterday evening is absolutely horrific.

“It seems to have been a very sinister and awful way to cause considerable pain to the victim.

“Something like this very disturbing and out of the ordinary."

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Cllr Moriarty added: "Thankfully, and partly due to the pandemic, crime statistics for this area have fallen. They have been ticking back up, which is obviously concerning. But this type of harm that has been inflected here just doesn’t happen.

A number of scenes were preserved by gardaí for technical examination who are appealing for anyone with information on the assault to contact investigating Gardaí at Kilmainham Garda Station on 01 666 9700.

Gardaí are also appealing for anyone who may have video recordings of the incident, or any road users who were in the Thornton Heights area of Inchicore between 5pm to 6pm and who may have video footage or dash-cam footage, to make it available to them.

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