Pensioner in coma after assault near Dublin home
A great-grandfather was fighting for his life in hospital last night after being attacked close to his Dublin home in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Paddy Hansard (75) was allegedly brutally attacked by a resident at around 2.30am in a dispute over noise at the Courtney Place flat complex where he lives in Ballybough, in the north inner city.
Mr Hansard suffered serious head and spinal injuries.
Local sources said gardai have removed a number of items from the scene, including bloodstained clothing, a shovel, and a mask. They also said Mr Hansard, a relative of The Frames singer Glen Hansard, had been involved in a verbal row with someone who lives locally.
"There have been complaints to the council about noise and parties, and it seems Paddy was having words with the man about noise levels when things escalated," they said.
Mr Hansard was rushed to the Mater Hospital, where he was last night in a coma.