Gay man at­tacked by a gang in city bar

VIC­TIM CLAIMS HE WAS AS­SAULTED AF­TER KISS­ING AN­OTHER MAN IN PUBLIC

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By JENNY MCCUDDEN

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.

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