Cork pensioner afraid to leave house after being battered by group of teens
A pensioner is afraid to leave the house after a group of teenagers assaulted him in Cork at the weekend.
John Wall, 66, had his wedding ring and wallet stolen and his face badly damaged after being punched on Saturday night around 9pm in the Mount Oval area.
John’s son Jayson said his dad is shaken up since the attack and has condemned the people who would hit an old man.
Jayson told Cork Beo: “As far as I know it was a group of young lads and ‘wans who came up to him and asked to use his phone.
“He said no, he didn’t want to, and one of them punched him in the face into his glasses, which broke and cut him.
“They then roughed him up a bit while on the ground and took his wallet and his ring – the worst part about the ring is his wife only passed away last year and the one-year anniversary was two weeks ago so it meant a lot to him.
“Those involved, to raise their hand to a frail old man is just scum of the earth, a pensioner like him, you can tell when you see him what age he is, it’s just disgusting.”
John lives in Belmont along with Jayson and his other son who are currently looking after him after the frightening ordeal.
Jayson added: “He’s afraid to leave the house, usually he’d be up and out and go off for the day but he’s really shaken after this.
“The shop is only a 10 to 15 minute walk away and he’d always head up there for his bits so it’s awful what happened.
“We’re going to have to watch him for the time being and see how he goes.”
The local community are meeting on Tuesday after a spate of incidents in the area and gardai are investigating this assault as well as another of a teenager in Garyduff on the same night.