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Attack victim beaten so badly he was unrecognisable to his family

Still of CCTV showing Anthony McMahon who was found beaten in Newtownabbey (PSNI/PA)

A man was left unrecognisable after suffering life-changing injuries during a brutal assault in Northern Ireland, police said.

Anthony McMahon, 59, was found unconscious with severe head and facial wounds in a car park on Longwood Road in Newtownabbey last August.

Still of CCTV showing Anthony McMahon who was found beaten in Newtownabbey (PSNI/PA)
Still of CCTV showing Anthony McMahon who was found beaten in Newtownabbey (PSNI/PA)

A passing police patrol administered emergency first aid after he was severely beaten.

Detective inspector Chris Millar said: "The injuries sustained by Mr McMahon were such that he was left unrecognisable to even his closest family members and he had to undergo reconstructive surgery.

"His injuries were much more than serious, they have been life-changing, as displayed in a photo we are releasing.

"Thankfully, he survived and has come through this but the nature of this attack was both shocking and brutal.

"I cannot stress enough just how violent and wicked this assault was and I am again asking the public to help identify the ruthless and cowardly perpetrator who carried out this vile attack."

The officer appealed for anyone who was in the Longwood Road area on Tuesday August 15 to contact police.

Police released a CCTV image of the victim on the day he was attacked.

They also issued an image of an individual they would like to speak to.

PSNI issue image of man they wish to speak with.
PSNI issue image of man they wish to speak with.

The man is described as being in his 40s, of heavy build and wearing a white shirt along with a dark suit-jacket and trousers.

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