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Boxing gym shooting victim Taylor seen in Belfast with partner

By Ken Foy

The father of Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor has been spotted in Northern Ireland.

This is the first time Pete Taylor has been seen in public since he was shot at his Co Wicklow boxing club on June 5.

He was seen in Belfast with his partner Karen Brown.

Mr Taylor (57) was released from St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin on Wednesday.

He is now sporting a heavy dressing on his injured left arm and chest area and was also wearing a sling around his neck, but had not placed his arm inside it.

It is believed he is planning to leave for an undisclosed European country in the coming days, after he was given detailed "personal security advice" by gardai.

He spent more than a week being treated for horrific injuries to his arm after a triple shooting at his gym in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Mr Taylor had been under garda protection while being treated in St Vincent's Hospital for the injuries he received in the shooting.

He was shot in the arm during the attack in which gym member Bobby Messett was shot dead and another man who was training, Ian Britton, was hit in the leg.

But the bullet that hit Mr Taylor in the arm is said to have travelled into his chest, making his injuries more complex and serious.

His partner Karen made daily visits to his bedside during his eight-night hospital stay.

Mr Taylor released a statement to the media last weekend in which he said: "I cannot believe what has happened.

"Words will never explain my excruciating anguish and devastation at the horrific, senseless attack at Bray Boxing Club.

"Bobby was my close friend, training partner and sparring mate.

"I'm utterly heartbroken that he is gone."

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