Hospitalised after brutal hammer attack

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A Longford man is recovering this week after a brutal hammer attack at the weekend left him with a string of serious injuries.

A Longford man is recovering this week after a brutal hammer attack at the weekend left him with a string of serious injuries.

The 30-year-old victim was savagely assaulted as he awoke to the sound of smashing glass at his apartment in The Courtyard area of Newtownforbes last Friday evening.

It’s understood the man had fallen asleep on a sofa when the hammer wielding intruder burst through a patio door.

As he attempted to protect himself the culprit struck his victim repeatedly, inflicting several wounds to the man’s face, legs, ribs and knees.

He was later transferred to the accident and emergency unit of Mullingar’s Midland Regional Hospital for what were described this week as non-life threatening injuries.

What gardai are trying to figure out is why the armed intruder chose The Courtyard, a complex of apartments that lie just off the main N4 Dublin-Sligo route in Newtownforbes village.

Equally, much of their inquiries are focused on establishing a motive particularly as nothing was taken in the raid which lasted a matter of seconds.

The viciousness of last Friday night’s assault is likely to fuel debate about the need for people to take added precautions when it comes to home security.

It also follows concerns aired by one local reader who this week hit out at crime levels in and around Longford town.

In a letter sent into the Leader’s offices this week, John Nevin bemoaned how his own daughter and son-in-law have twice fallen foul to what he termed “unprovoked assaults” over the past six months alone.

“These two young, fun loving people, who never had or are likely to have any dealings with the law have been attacked for absolutely no reason,” he points out.

“They have returned to our house in the early hours traumatised because of the actions of some very feral people. The only thing they did was to go out and enjoy themselves in ‘our town’.”

The views expressed by Mr Nevin and the fallout from Friday evening’s incident in Newtownforbes come amid a gradual lessening in crime rates locally.

At last month’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting, Superintendent Denis Shields said figures taken over the last three months had shown a “marginal decrease” in burglaries.

This, despite a six per cent rise compared to 2012 statistics.

Meanwhile, gardai have appealed to the public to assist them with their inquiries into the aggrevated burglary at Newtownforbes last Friday.

Witnesses are asked to contact Longford Garda Station at (043) 3346741.