Attack likely to be drug related

GARDAÍ believe the abduction and beating of a 30-year-old man in Cork city yesterday morning may be drug related.

Detectives working on the case think that at least four men were involved in the abduction and subsequent attack on the man, who is originally from the east Cork area.

Garda sources indicated the victim, who moved into Cork city a few years ago, is well known to them.

His ordeal started at around 3.30am yesterday when he was bundled into the boot of a car in Cork city centre.

He was driven to a secluded spot near Inniscarra, on the western outskirts of the city, where he was attacked.

The man was badly beaten around the head and body for several minutes. Gardaí are refusing to say if baseball bats or other implements were used in the attack.

The victim managed to get away from his attackers and made his way to a nearby house.

The emergency services were alerted and the injured man was rushed to Cork University Hospital, where he received treatment.

His injuries, although extensive, were described as not being life-threatening.

The abduction was said to have taken place in Paul Street, near the shopping centre.

Garda forensic experts sealed off part of the street yesterday and searched for clues to the identities of the man’s attackers.

A garda spokesman appealed for anybody who may have witnessed the abduction to contact Anglesea Street garda station at (021) 4522000.


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