A 14-year-old teen was at knocked unconscious after being brutally beaten at the hands of a gang of up to 40 thugs armed with knives.
The incident happened in Ashbourne on Friday evening with the thugs laughing at the attack and uploading videos to Snapchat.
The boy, who is currently in hospital, had his phone and wallet taken before being dragged to the 3rd storey of a multi-storey car park where he was ruthlessly beaten.
Gardai rushed to the scene and were forced to use pepper spray on the crowd who attempted to fight them back.
One person was arrested.
The innocent teen, who was picked out at random, is now in hospital where he’s stable.
Speaking to Dublin Live, the young man’s distraught mother said that things would have been “a whole lot worse” had gardai not intervened.
She said: “He’s never been in trouble, he’s the best kid in the world. He was standing outside the McDonalds and this crowd just came up and said ‘who are you?’ then bang.
“They dragged him up to the 3rd floor of a car park because it was isolated and they killed him.
“They held him up and every time he tried to run they grabbed him back.
“They bounced his head off the ground, his leg his arms, his ribs, his back, he’s not in a good way at all.
“They’re animals. Lucky the two guards came because they had knives.
“He doesn’t know them, he just kept asking them ‘what did I do?’.”
The boy, who has just finished his mock exams, was knocked unconscious and had blood coming from his mouth by the time his mother got there, she said.
“I’ve seen the video, they’re laughing in it. They’re saying ‘we’ve just killed one of the Ashbourne lads’ – they don’t know him, he’s never seen them. These were big lads and he’s only 14.
“He hasn’t been able to sleep because he’s in a brace. They’ve taken it off now so he’s managed a bit now, but he can’t stand he’s to sit back. He’s black and blue.
“I never thought people could do that to somebody. Thanks god the guards got there and that they didn’t use the weapons.”
The gang, who are believed to be from different areas of North County Dublin, then got on buses and fled the scene.
Gardai said one person was arrested while the investigation is ongoing.
“Gardaí attended an incident of public order and an assault on a youth which occurred on the 8th March 2019 at a carpark in Killegland, Ashbourne at approximately 7pm .
“A male teenager received minor injuries in the assault and a female youth was arrested in relation to the public order incident. The investigation is ongoing.”
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