In­ci­dent brings back memories of 1999 as­sault

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE at­tack in a Sligo pub of a gay man and his friend brings back memories of one of the most horrific as­saults on a gay men ever seen in Sligo, that on well- known US writer, Robert Drake who was left fight­ing for his life af­ter the at­tack in Jan­uary 1999.

Drake, from Maine, suf­fered se­vere head in­juries, speech im­pair­ment and spent two weeks on a life sup­port ma­chine in the wake of the as­sault that oc­curred at his then home at Hol­born Street by two men.

Drake came to Dublin in April 1999, mov­ing to Sligo in Christ­mas of that year. He was the author of sev­eral books.

He re­turned to Sligo in late 2011 to be filmed as part of a doc­u­men­tary, ‘ A Stranger in a Strange Land’ ob­serves Drake as he con­veys his “strug­gle to walk, talk and for­give.”

Two men were con­victed of reck­lessly caus­ing se­ri­ous harm to Drake fol­low­ing a Cir­cuit Court trial in Sligo and were jailed in Jan­uary 2000 for eight years.

Writer Robert Drake who was as­saulted and left paral­ysed fol­low­ing an as­sault in Sligo in 1999.

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