Mother was ‘tossed into street’ af­ter sav­age beat­ing

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ali Bracken Crime Cor­re­spon­dent [email protected]­ly­mail.ie

A MOTHER was kid­napped and brought to a house to be beaten in a hor­rific as­sault that left her hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous head in­juries and po­ten­tially blinded.

The 48-year-old woman was ab­ducted in the Dun­dalk area shortly be­fore noon on Wed­nes­day.

She was then brought to a house in one of the town’s most crimerid­den es­tates and sav­agely at­tacked for a num­ber of hours.

Once her kid­nap­per got her in­side the house, the mid­dle-aged woman was ‘beaten within an inch of her life with a blunt in­stru­ment’ by a well-known crim­i­nal and lo­cal drug dealer.

Bleed­ing heav­ily from the head, the woman was ‘es­sen­tially tossed on to the street’ af­ter a cou­ple of hours of be­ing ‘tor­tured’ by this crim­i­nal, aged in his late 30s, sources said. The drug dealer’s girl­friend was also present and de­tec­tives are try­ing to es­tab­lish whether she was in­volved in the crime.

The vic­tim was sub­jected to the at­tack be­cause she owed money to the dealer, af­ter she claimed drugs she was mind­ing on his be­half went miss­ing.

This ‘en­raged’ the crim­i­nal, a set­tled mem­ber of the Trav­el­ling com­mu­nity, who is heav­ily in­volved in crime.

The man was last night in cus­tody af­ter gar­daí searched his home, and an­other house in the same es­tate.

Gar­daí took the con­victed crim­i­nal into cus­tody late on Thurs­day af­ter drugs were seized from him dur­ing these searches, in which a car was also seized by de­tec­tives.

While ques­tion­ing him over possession of a sub­stance, which is cur­rently be­ing an­a­lysed and is be­lieved to be co­caine or MDMA, of­fi­cers are now putting a se­ries of ques­tions to him over the at­tack on the 48-year-old woman.

As of last night, he had not been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of this crime but gar­daí are con­fi­dent of ‘im­mi­nent de­vel­op­ments’ in the case over the week­end.

Af­ter the vic­tim was dis­cov­ered bleed­ing heav­ily from the head on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon hav­ing been left on the street, she was rushed to Our Lady of Lour­des hos­pi­tal in Drogheda.

But her head in­juries were so sig­nif­i­cant that she was later trans­ferred to Dublin’s Mater hos­pi­tal.

Since then, the woman has been in a po­si­tion to pro­vide gar­daí with a state­ment of com­plaint about the in­ci­dent.

Sources say that one of her eyes is so badly dam­aged from the beat­ing that medics sus­pect she may lose the sight in one of her eyes en­tirely.

A source said: ‘This was an in­cred­i­bly violent and sav­age at­tack. The bru­tal­ity of it is some­thing we rarely see in this coun­try. This crim­i­nal is dan­ger­ous and ruth­less and was will­ing to es­sen­tially tor­ture this woman within an inch of her life over a cou­ple of thou­sand euro worth of miss­ing drugs.’

It is un­der­stood that this crim­i­nal is be­hind a less se­ri­ous as­sault on the 48-year-old woman in re­cent weeks over the loss of his drugs. It is also al­leged that he had made ver­bal threats against her, ahead of Wed­nes­day’s sav­age at­tack.

The sus­pect pre­vi­ously spent time be­hind bars for ex­tor­tion af­ter threats were made to mur­der a man and his fam­ily with a firearm.

Other mem­bers of the sus­pect’s fam­ily are also heav­ily in­volved in crim­i­nal­ity and drug-deal­ing.

The vic­tim in Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent is not con­sid­ered a crim­i­nal, though she has a cou­ple of mi­nor theft con­vic­tions.

The mar­ried mother of grown-up chil­dren ap­pears to have be­come ‘in­ex­pli­ca­bly’ en­tan­gled with the drug dealer, stash­ing and hold­ing drugs on his be­half.

A source added: ‘She clearly got in over her head. You can­not lose drugs be­long­ing to a man like that with­out pay­ing it back. He wanted to send a mes­sage here that he is not to be crossed. He made his point very clearly and vi­o­lently.’

‘She clearly got in over her head’

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