AN IRISH gay couple have been stabbed and beaten in a vicious “homophobic attack” that saw one of the pair hospitalised with serious injuries.
According to a report from Pink News, one of the two men took to Facebook to share the details of the alleged assault which occurred on the evening of January 31 at Newbridge train station in County Kildare.
Writing on Facebook, Gearóid Laighléis described how they were “viciously attacked” at the station by a group of three men who “videotaped” the assault on their phones.
Laighléis said he “was kicked into[sic] the face” and “knocked to the ground and kicked” while his partner was “repeatedly stabbed” before the three assailants ran off.
“Never in my life did I think I would be kneeling next to somebody I'm with, holding there [sic] stab wounds to stop the bleeding to keep him alive,” he wrote.
“I’d never wish what I witnessed tonight on my worst enemy.”
“Yer scum of the earth to repeatedly stab an innocent fella for only living the life we deserve to live,” he added.
Addressing his attackers directly, Laighléis warned his assailants that the authorities know exactly who they are.
“I hope ye all rot in f**king hell,” he wrote.
“Justice will be served ye dirty rotten scummy b**tards.”
The post has been shared nearly 4,500 times online.
Gardaí confirmed to PinkNews that they are investigating “a serious assault that occurred at a Railway Station in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, on 31/01/2020 at approximately 6:40pm.
“A man in his 20s received stab type injuries and was taken to Tallaght University Hospital with non life threatening injuries. A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out by Garda Scenes of Crime investigators.
“No arrests have been made at this stage. Investigations are continuing.”
I'm horrified to hear that there was a horrific homophobic attack at Newbridge Train station last night, leaving one man beaten to a pulp and another with multiple stab wounds. We need serious action on hate crime and hate speech.
— Linda Hayden (@LindaHSocDems) February 1, 2020
Commenting via Twitter Social Democrat candidate for Kildare South Linda Hayden condemned the attack and called for “serious action”.
“I’m horrified to hear that there was a horrific homophobic attack at Newbridge Train station last night, leaving one man beaten to a pulp and another with multiple stab wounds,” she wrote.
“We need serious action on hate crime and hate speech.”