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Derry attack victim could have been paralysed by thugs

By Donna Deeney

Published 06/01/2016

Bones in man's spine were cracked during attack in Derry
Bones in man's spine were cracked during attack in Derry

A man in his 30s suffered injuries that could have left him paralysed after he was attacked by four thugs as he walked home over the New Year period.

Police in Londonderry are appealing for information about the assault which took place on December 29.

Details of the vicious assault have only just been released.

The man was walking through the Eastway area of Creggan when he was attacked by a gang of four people.

They beat him so badly that three of the bones in his spine were cracked and could also have damaged his spinal cord, which would leave him paralysed.

The victim also suffered bruises to his face, arm and back.

Former Mayor of Derry and local Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell warned against the perils of getting involved in drunken brawls.

He said: “Over the Christmas and New Year period there have been far too many brawls which came as a result of drinking far too much.

“I don’t know the circumstances that led to the attack on the man in Eastway, but it does demonstrate just how easy it is to get badly injured.

“Too many times we have heard how people have died as a result of one punch and in this case, this young man could have been left paralysed for life.

“It is a vicious and cowardly thing for four people to attack one man and I hope that anyone who does know anything about this incident will pass that information to the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency 101 number, or contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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