Brazilian may have been victim of racist attack

GARDAÍ are keeping an open mind on whether a Brazilian, who was viciously beaten by three men, was the victim of a racially motivated attack.

The meat plant worker was attacked and even had his shoes stolen while walking home from a night out with friends and colleagues in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

As he walked towards his home at Mulberry he noticed three men behind him and tried to run. But the men caught up with him at Church Hill, near the Catholic church.

The 36-year-old Brazilian was kicked and punched while on the ground.

The men stole his wallet, which contained a small amount of cash. They also took a chain, rings and his shoes.

Despite being seriously injured the man managed to run away.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

“He was in fear of his life. He ran to a nearby house for safety and an ambulance was called for him. This is a particularly nasty incident and this kind of thing doesn’t happen in Mitchelstown,” said a garda spokesman.

“While they attacked the man and stole some of his belongings we are still keeping an open mind on whether it was racially motivated or not,” the garda spokesman said.

Yesterday gardaí appealed to the public to help them track down the perpetrators. The attack took place between 3am and 3.30am last Saturday.

Gardaí particularly want to hear from anybody who may have seen three men in the New Square or Church Hill areas on that morning.

*Contact Mitchelstown gardaí at (025) 84833 or Fermoy at (025) 82100.

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