Man injured in late night attack

These are the horrific injuries suffered by a Letterkenny man in a late night attack in the town on Thursday night.

These are the horrific injuries suffered by a Letterkenny man in a late night attack in the town on Thursday night.

The man was set upon by another man - described as Eastern European - after refusing to give him a cigarette.

The incident happened at around 1.30am when the injured party was making his way home from a night out. He was set upon close to Burnside Apartments at Lower Main Street.

The 45-year-old man, who asked not t o be named, was brought to Letterkenny General Hospital by ambulance and speaking after the incident, he said he was shocked at what happened.

"I think looking back, I should have given him the cigarette, maybe this wouldn't have happened," he said.

"I had left McGinley's Bar and it was early in the night. I only had a short distance to walk home but then I came across this man. He asked me for a cigarette but when I refused, he laid into me."

The injured party suffered head injuries which required over 20 staples. "The blood was still there on the ground on Friday morning," he added.

Town Mayor, Cllr. Tadhg Culbert described the attack as absolutely disgusting. "It's a sad case of affairs when someone can't walk home in their town, whether it's at night or during the day," he said.

"Unfortunately this is something that's all too prevalent at the present time. I know the man in question - nobody deserves this. It's mindless and the person who did this had total disrespect for another human being."

Mayor Culbert was himself the victim of a similar late night assault in the town five years ago. "It brings into question the whole argument for CCTV on the streets of our town," he said.

"Not only should we have CCTV on our main thoroughfares and streets, but we should have it in busy areas and even housing estates, in order to protect people."

A garda spokesperson confirmed that a 45-year-oldman was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital from where he was released a short time later. He said gardai are investigating the incident.