Incident brings back memories of 1999 assault
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.