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Shocking Teen left with horrific injuries after being hit with glass on Gorey's Main Street

'If the glass had gone into his eye he could have been blinded and if it had escalated further, he could have been killed'

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The teen was treated in Wexford General Hospital following the attack

The teen was treated in Wexford General Hospital following the attack

The teen was treated in Wexford General Hospital following the attack

A 17-year-old needed 32 stitches in his face after he was hit by a glass in a shocking, unprovoked attack on Gorey’s Main Street. 

The teen was at a Bank of Ireland ATM after he got off the bus from Arklow at around 9pm on Saturday when he was suddenly attacked.

His father described how the young man many need a skin graph after his face “was shattered” in the brutal assault.

“He was hit by a glass, and a big chunk was taken out of his cheek as he was cut from the side of his nose up to under his eye,” the father said, according to the Gorey Guardian.

“A woman nearby gave him her scarf to catch the blood. He had to get 32 stitches to his face at Wexford General Hospital and he’s back there again this week to get checked out.

“At this stage all we know is that there’s a possibility he’ll have to have a skin graph done. If the glass had gone into his eye he could have been blinded and if it had escalated further, he could have been killed. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, it was just horrific.”

Sergeant Stephen Ennis of Gorey Garda Station appealed for witnesses to the attack and anyone who may have dash cam footage to make contact.

“This was a particularly savage assault and we’re anxious to bring it to a conclusion for the injured party,” Sgt Ennis said.

“At this time we’ve no motive for the attack so we are exploring all lines of enquiry. We’re in the process of taking statements from the people who came to the young man’s assistance. The assault has resulted in a serious facial injury as he was struck with glass.”

The young man’s father revealed how he was in contact with his son moments before the attack.

“My son was on the way back from Arklow where he was visiting his girlfriend,” he said. “He got the 8.30pm bus back to Gorey and I asked him to text me when he arrived.

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“He has a fear about him sometimes as it can be rowdy on the street at that time, but he text me at 8.47pm to say he was on the bus and it usually takes about 15 minutes.

“Then the next thing was I got a call at 9.05pm from someone who was standing outside the Fowler and told me my son was there in a bad way. I reckon this happened sometime around 9pm.

“He got off at McGovern’s pub and crossed over the road to the ATM. He was on the phone to his girlfriend at the time and wasn’t paying much attention but he could see from the corner of his eye that there was a crowd of people around him.

“He went straight to the ATM and put his card in but next thing he knew the attack happened. He didn’t see it coming, and all he knows was that it was two men but they didn’t say anything to him and he didn’t recognise them.”

The dad told how his son has had to stay with family in a different county and was unable to attend school as he was left traumatised by what happened.

His father added that his son is not the type to have enemies or get into fights.

“He’s very timid and he wouldn’t be someone who’s mouthy. We live five minutes from the Main Street but a lot of the time he’d ask me to pick him up when he gets off the bus as he just doesn’t feel comfortable. I’d appeal for any witnesses to come forward and I want to thank everyone who helped,” he said.

Anyone with information can contact Gorey Garda Station on 053 9430690.

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