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'Frightening and very sad': Homeless man dies after assault in Cork city

The assault occurred last week and the man passed away from his injuries yesterday.

View of Lower Oliver Plunkett Street.
View of Lower Oliver Plunkett Street.
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Updated 5.31pm

A MAN IN Cork has died after an alleged assault which occurred in Cork City last week.

The incident took place at Lower Oliver Plunkett Street last Thursday shortly after 2pm. A 37-year-old man was treated for his injuries at the scene and taken to Mercy University Hospital in Cork.

Yesterday he passed away from his injuries. The Evening Echo reports the victim was a French man who was homeless. His family had travelled to Cork in recent days to be with him.

A post-mortem is being carried out today and gardaí say the results will determine the direction of the investigation.

They are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

‘Frightening ‘

Local Workers Party councillor Ted Tynan described the incident as “frightening and very sad”.

His family must be devastated by that, it’s awful, I can only think of them. The people responsible for this should be tracked down and dealt with. It’s not good enough that something like this would happen and be forgotten about next week.

Tynan said he has concerns about the number of these types of violent incidents happening across the country, referencing the recent death of a young man in the Temple Bar area of Dublin after an assault.

“In the evenings now it is a bit intimidating in some areas,” he added.

‘Horrific’ 

Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Cunningham said he believes incidents like this highlight the fact that services need to be funded to assist homeless people.

“It is really horrific and saddening,” he told TheJournal.ie.

It’s a crime that in a society as modern as our own we see so many homeless people in our city. For the vast majority of homeless people it is through no fault of their own.

Gardaí are asking witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to contact them at Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 4522000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.

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