A TEEN who was beaten with a hammer by a group of masked men in Cork will be “scarred for life” following the horrifying incident that left him “unrecognisable”.
The 18-year-old and his cousin were walking past a petrol station on the Curraheen Road in Bishopstown shortly before midnight on Saturday when his family say a car suddenly pulled up and at least three men jumped out.
The men attacked his cousin first, and when the young man tried to come to his cousins’ aid and get him away from his attackers, they turned on him and beat him severely around the head and face with a hammer.
‘THAT’S NOT HIM’
A family member – named Louise – of the injured teenager told the Neil Prendeville show, on Cork’s RedFM, that the family believe it was a case of mistaken identity.
She said: “They pulled masks over their faces and jumped out and just started attacking. One [man] pulled out a hammer and struck the family member on the head and then struck him after that. At that time one of the attackers screamed ‘that’s not them. That’s not them. That’s not him’.”
“We feel it could have been mistaken identity. He was unconscious on the floor. They [the attackers] drove off.
“He was brought to CUH for CT scans on the brain because he had bleeding on the brain. He is unrecognisable. There isn’t a tooth in his head that isn’t broken. He needs severe dental work done to get back what he has. He has stitches across his forward. He will be scarred for life.
“He can’t remember anything. He is a quiet young fella. It is going to take a long time for him to get back on his feet.”
Louise, said that CCTV footage captured the incident but appealed for any witnesses of the attack to come forward.
In a statement, Gardai said: “Gardaí are investigating an incident of assault that occurred at a business premises in Bishopstown, Co. Cork last night, Saturday, 2nd October 2021 shortly before midnight.
“It is understood that a number of persons were involved in the altercation.
“One male was seriously injured during the incident. He was treated at the scene by Ambulance services and taken to Cork University Hospital.”