Quiet teen crit­i­cal fol­low­ing at­tacks

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - TODAY IN YOUR SUNDAY INDEPENDENT - Ralph Riegel

A FOUR­TEEN-year-old boy who was ap­par­ently the vic­tim of re­peated at­tacks by an­other young­ster re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion with his par­ents at his bed­side at South Tip­per­ary Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal af­ter a hor­rific at­tack on Thurs­day night.

Gar­dai have now ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about pre­vi­ous at­tacks on the 14-year-old to come for­ward.

Prayers for the teen’s re­cov­ery were of­fered at all Masses in Tip­per­ary yes­ter­day.

It is now feared the boy, de­scribed as quiet, happy and with a close cir­cle of friends, had been tar­geted be­fore by an older youth in the area.

How­ever, gar­dai were un­aware of such in­ci­dents as the teen had never lodged a com­plaint.

Gar­dai are now pre­par­ing a file for the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) af­ter ar­rest­ing a 17-year-old male in Tip­per­ary town for ques­tion­ing.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in Tip­per­ary town at about 10.50pm on Thurs­day.

The boy was sub­jected to what gar­dai be­lieve was a to­tally un­pro­voked and bru­tal at­tack in the Lake­land area of Tip­per­ary, close to Rosanna Road and within me­tres of St Ailbe’s Sec­ondary School, where he is a pupil.

He was alone when he was set upon by a lo­cal youth and badly beaten, sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous head in­juries.

Peo­ple in a nearby hous­ing es­tate, St Ailbe’s Drive in the Three Drives district of Tip­per­ary, were alerted to what hap­pened and found the vic­tim ly­ing un­con­scious by the side of the road.

It has since emerged that the teenager was ap­par­ently as­saulted pre­vi­ously over re­cent months.

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