A woman was left bloodied and bruised after a mallet fell on her head in a car park yesterday.
According to witnesses the head of the mallet, missing its handle, fell off the roof at the historic Potato Market car park in Limerick, and hit the woman as she was passing.
The mother of four had just paid to park at the facility, which is located adjacent to the city’s courts complex, when the mallet struck her.
According to witnesses, she screamed with horror when she saw blood gushing from her head onto the ground.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and paramedics treated the woman for a cut to her head.
Gardaí from Henry Street also attended the scene.
Gardaí took a statement from the woman, but an officer informed her that it would be treated as a civil matter and not a crime, as no one had attacked her with the mallet.
It is believed the woman, from Dooradoyle in Limerick City, was planning on travelling with her children to Kilkee, Co Clare.
The woman’s mother was contacted and arrived at the scene to drive her four grandchildren home.
The woman was taken to St John’s Hospital for treatment. It is believed she received a number of stitches to her and was treated for shock.
“I was parking my car and I saw her; She was in an awful state,” said one onlooker. “I thought she was having an epileptic attack, but then I saw the blood. She was shouting. I didn’t know what was happening.
“She was standing there and shouting: ‘Somebody please help me, somebody please help.’ I was looking at her and I didn’t know what had happened.”
The market is run by the Limerick City Market Trustees.
When contacted at lunch-time yesterday, the manager of the trustees, David O’Brien, said: “I couldn’t possibly comment at this stage. I don’t know what happened exactly. I’ve only heard there was an incident of some kind.”
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