A VIOLENT attack on a defenceless man in broad daylight in Limerick’s night life district has been captured in shocking CCTV footage.
The video, obtained by the Limerick Leader, shows a man grabbing the victim, who was sitting on the ground, by the neck before throwing five punches and kicking him.
The vicious attack took place last Friday, between 12pm and 2pm, at the corner of Little Ellen Street and Denmark Street.
Businessman Dave Ryan, of nearby Cobblestone Joe’s, said that, according to a witness, when the assailant walked away, he turned to the beggar and said: “You better have my f***ing money or next time I’ll f***ing kill you.”
Mr Ryan, who was vocal at a recent public meeting on crime in the city, has condemned the incident and the recent spate of similar attacks.
“Limerick city has given in and given up, the city is now subconsciously and grudgingly accepting that the outside reputation it has tried so hard to shake is in fact ingrained like a rancid gangrene from generation after generation.
“That the social norm is for gangs of youths to roam using our city as an anti social Disneyland, safe in the warm comfort that they know the ramifications of their actions and punishments are minuscule compared to the emotional, physical scarring for their victims and the untold victim that is Limerick city’s reputation,” he said.
“These ongoing incidents are just ongoing statistics in the minds of people going about their business just as Limerick is a statistic to the powers that be in Dublin, only to be looked at when the party votes are needed.”
Gardai are investigating a separate assault on a man in his 20s on Friday at 11.45pm at Denmark Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street at 061212400.