Belfast Telegraph

Newtownabbey car park assault victim 'unrecognisable' after vile attack

A man who was savagely beaten and left for dead in a car park in Newtownabbey was unrecognisable to even his closest family members after the assault, police say.

Anthony McMahon (59) was found unconscious and barely breathing in a pool of blood in a car park on Longwood Road at around 10.40pm on Tuesday.

Police said he sustained life-changing head and facial injuries during what they called a “vile attack”.

They said a passing PSNI TSG patrol administered emergency first aid to the victim, prior to the arrival of paramedics.

Detective Inspector Chris Millar said: "The injuries sustained by Mr McMahon are such that he was left unrecognisable to even his closest family members and will now have to undergo reconstructive surgery.

“We are appealing for the assistance of the public in tracking down the vicious perpetrators of this brutal and sustained attack. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Longwood Road area on Tuesday night. Whether you were just passing through, visiting the retail park or were there for any other reason, you may be able to help us.”

Police say Mr McMahon is a well-known and well liked individual in the local area.

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CCTV images of Anthony McMahon on the day he was attacked.

“We are issuing CCTV images of Anthony on the day he was attacked, wearing the same clothes he was found in, to help jog people’s memories,” Detective Inspector Chris Millar said.

“I cannot stress enough just how breathtakingly violent and wicked this assault was. Please call 101, quoting reference number 1360 15/08/17 if you have any information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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