Fundraiser launched for Corkman left "unrecognisable" after hammer attack 1 month ago

Fundraiser launched for Corkman left "unrecognisable" after hammer attack

"There isn't a tooth in his head that's not broken."

A fundraiser has been launched for the victim of a horrific assault that took place in Cork last weekend.

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An 18-year-old man was seriously injured following an altercation that took place at a business premises in Bishopstown on Saturday, 2 October.

The teenager was walking home with his cousin past a petrol station when a car suddenly pulled up and several individuals filtered out, targeting the pair.

He was then beaten with a hammer in an attack that has left him "unrecognisable".

On Monday, a close family member of the victim detailed the fallout from the assault on the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork's Red FM, noting that his jaw is fractured and he has lost all of his teeth.

The family member, going by the name of Louise, posited that the incident may have been random, stemming from a case of mistaken identity, with one of the attackers apparently shouting "That's not them, that's not them" after the assault had taken place.

"He was unconscious on the floor," said Louise. "That's from a witness. I wasn't there myself but that's what a witness had said at the time."

Paramedics and police attended the scene after the attackers had fled and the victim was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged and has returned home.

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"He's unrecognisable to be honest," said Louise. "There isn't a tooth in his head that's not broken. He needs severe dental work done to get back anything that he had. All his teeth are gone."

Louise has appealed to the public for their assistance, pointing to a GoFundMe page that has been set up.

"He is very lucky to be alive," notes the page.

"We set up this page so we can get his teeth repaired as they will need extensive dental work. This teen is a genuine , quiet young man. Money will help rebuild his confidence and smile."

At the time of writing on Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser has raised over €3,300 of its €10,000 goal.

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You can view the GoFundMe page at this link.