Gardaí search for cleaver-wielding masked attackers

Gardaí are searching for two masked men who attacked a 41-year-old man with a meat cleaver and hammer as he was preparing to go to work.

The men, who were wearing hoodies with scarves drawn across their faces, attacked the man as he was about to get into his car on the northside of Cork City early yesterday.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital where he was treated for wounds to his head and hand.

Inspector Gary McPolin, who is leading the Garda investigation, said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

He said gardaí had interviewed the man briefly and were preparing to do so at more length when he was fit enough to be questioned.

The attack took place at Larchfield Estate, Commons Rd, at around 5.20am.

One of the attackers was said to be 5ft 11in tall and his accomplice 5ft 7in. Both spoke with local accents, it is believed. Gardaí believe a verbal altercation ensued before the men attacked the victim. Gardaí arrived at the scene a short time later and cordoned it off for forensic examination. Gardaí retrieved a hammer and a meat cleaver a short distance from the scene.

Insp McPolin said gardaí believe the attackers fled on foot, but may have had transport stashed nearby.

“We want to appeal to anybody who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact,” Insp McPolin said.

“In particular we’d be anxious to speak to anybody who was going to work at that time, or any delivery drivers or [taxi drivers] who were in the vicinity.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station at 021 4946200.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, gardaí in Gurranabraher are looking for about €6,000 worth of cameras and computer equipment which were taken during a burglary at a house at Panorama Terrace, Sunday’s Well, on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Around €2,500 in cash was also taken.

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