Gay man attacked by a gang in city bar
VICTIM CLAIMS HE WAS ASSAULTED AFTER KISSING ANOTHER MAN IN PUBLIC
A 32- year- old man has described how he feared for his life during what he claims was a sustained homophobic attack on him and his gay friend.
Gary Daly says he was badly beaten when he and his 20- year- old friend were set upon in Killgallen’s pub on the Mall in Sligo town. He claims he suffered ‘ significant bruising’ after he was ‘ punched, head- butted, bitten and even thrown down the stairs’ in the horrendous assault.
“I now have a permanent scar on my face from where I was bitten by one of the attackers,” he says. Moments before the vicious attack Gary had been kissing his new friend, a 20- year- old gay man from Skreen in West Sligo.
Gary recalls: “I heard someone tell us to get out of the pub. I told him ‘ we had the same rights to be there as he did.’ The next thing I knew I was head- butted out of the blue. I tried to defend myself. Then his friends got involved.”
Gary claims: “There were up to 8 men punching and hitting us. I was thrown down the stairs. Bar furniture from the beer garden was used to hit me. I was frightened for my life. I didn’t know what was going to happen next.” Sligo Gardai are investigating the incident.
CONTINUED from page 1: Sligo Gardai confirmed yesterday ( Monday) that they were called to the incident at Kilgallen’s pub on the Mall after midnight on August 5th last.
Former IT Student Gary Daly says he is anxious and living in fear following the attack.
He claims: “There was a group of men attacking us and they are still walking the streets of Sligo today. The Gardai have been great but I’m concerned over the amount of time it’s taking to make any arrests. I think the gang of men ranged in age from 18 to about 24.
“I honestly need this to be resolved as soon as possible as every day I grow more and more fearful and anxious.”
Gary who has just taken on a new job as a lab technician at Abbott says he is living as an openly gay man since the age of 24.
“I have never encountered this kind of homophobic assault before. The men made reference to the fact that we had kissed and told us to get out.
“The Gardai advised me to get a Hepatitis B injection because of the bite mark. I went to the emergency department and was checked out by doctors who gave me the injection.”
Gary who is originally from Navan in County Meath has been living in Sligo for a number of years and says that he used to “love the town.”
Gardai say they are continuing with their investigations into the incident.
Killgallen’s pub on The Mall where Gary Daly claims he was set upon in a ‘ homophobic attack’ for kissing another gay man.