Town has ‘gone to hell’ says aunt of bite victim

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

A relative of a victim of a serious ‘bite assault’ in Letterkenny at the weekend says she feels the town has now “gone to hell” with violent crime.

A relative of a victim of a serious ‘bite assault’ in Letterkenny at the weekend says she feels the town has now “gone to hell” with violent crime.

Karen Kirwan, aunt of assault victim Kelvin McLaughlin, who is recovering from surgery for serious facial injuries, says since she returned to live in her home town from New York six years ago it has “gone to the dogs”.

She said her family has been left very shocked by the horrific injuries sustained by her nephew in what has been described as a random attack at a house party on Friday night/Saturday morning.

This was followed by an unrelated stabbing incident on Letterkenny’s Upper Main Street on Monday evening in which the victim was stabbed a number of times in a daylight knife attack.

He also had to be removed to a Dublin Hospital for surgery but his injuries were not life threatening.

Karen said when she lived in New York she would have been shocked to hear of such serious crimes back home. But now following her return it’s common place to hear of serious crimes including violent assaults and stabbings in Letterkenny.

She said there has been a high number of serious incidents in the town recently and has made her as the question ‘Was I safer in New York?’

“I used to read the papers before I came back and if you heard of a stabbing in Letterkenny you would be thinking ‘Oh my God’. Now it seems that you hear that there is one every weekend. That was two attacks in more or less two days. The town is going to the dogs,” she stated.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat.