Temple Bar assault victim dies in hospital

A man who was brutally attacked in Dublin’s Temple Bar area on Thursday night has died.

The victim, understood to be from Dublin, had been seriously assaulted after being set upon at the Cow’s Lane area in Temple Bar at around 8.45pm on Thursday.

Yesterday morning, as the man lay in a critical condition in St James’s Hospital, gardaí investigating the incident appealed to passers-by in the busy Dublin tourist district who videoed the assault on their smartphones to come forward with the evidence.

Last night the man, in his mid-twenties, passed away in hospital.

An autopsy will now be conducted, most likely today.

However, gardaí said last night that they are still treating the case as one of serious assault, although they are awaiting the results of the autopsy.

Three men in their mid-twenties were arrested at the scene at the attack on Thursday night, while a fourth man, aged in his thirties, was detained later in connection with the incident.

They were still being questioned last night at Pearse Street, Irishtown, and Kevin Street Garda Stations under section four of the Criminal Justice Act. Investigating gardaí said they believe some people in Temple Bar had recorded the assault on their phones.

As of last night, it was unclear if anyone with footage of the attack had come forward with the images and gardaí renewed their appeal to any persons who may have witnessed the incident or were in the vicinity of Cows Lane between 8.30pm and 9 pm, or who took images of the incident, to contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station.


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