Tay­lor set to leave coun­try af­ter fa­tal shoot­ing at his gym

Irish Independent - - News - Ken Foy

PETE TAY­LOR has been spot­ted in pub­lic for the first time since he was shot in his Bray Box­ing Club last week.

The fa­ther of Olympic gold medal­list Katie Tay­lor was seen in Belfast with his part­ner Karen Brown.

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

The fit­ness fa­natic is now sport­ing a heavy dress­ing on his in­jured left arm and chest area. He 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 gar­daí.

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 he was be­ing treated in St Vincent’s Hos­pi­tal for the in­juries he re­ceived in the shoot­ing at the box­ing club on June 5.

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

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

His part­ner Ms Brown 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 am ut­terly heart­bro­ken that he is gone.”

Mean­while, Wick­low County Coun­cil has se­cured the Bray Box­ing Club build­ing fol­low­ing the tragic events of last week.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing made to carry out an ex­am­i­na­tion of the build­ing with a view to un­der­tak­ing any nec­es­sary re­pairs. “Wick­low County Coun­cil is li­ais­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bray Box­ing Club in re­la­tion to this mat­ter,” the state­ment added.

Pete Tay­lor was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal on Wednesday

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