A MAN in his seventies was viciously set upon by a man and a woman as he walked on The Parade last Saturday evening.
The elderly gentleman who is from the city, was knocked to the ground by the pair and managed to fight back using his walking stick. It is believed that the victim was jumped from behind by the duo. A struggle ensued on the ground as the gentleman attempted to defend himself from his attackers. Fortunately the man managed to escape without serious injury as he used his walking stick to protect himself and ward off the the pair, who are believed to be in their late teens or early twenties. The pair ran from the scene but to date it has not been established in which direction they went.
The incident took place at the lower end of The Parade close to the Rose Garden Wall at approximately 9pm. Although the area was busy no one came to his aid until after the incident when a number of passerbys came to his assistance. The victim was brought to St Luke’s Hospital where he was treated for an injury to his hand and is now recuperating at home.
Gardai are treating the incident as an attempted robbery and are appealing to witnesses to come forward with information. The assault took place in a city centre thoroughfare on one of the busiest nights of the year in Kilkenny. It is believed that there were a number of people in the vicinity who may have information and may not be aware of the importance of it. “We are treating the matter very seriously. This man was jumped on and an attempt made to mug him in broad daylight in an area where people would expect to be safe,” a garda spokesperson said. Gardai are also examining CCTV from the area in an attempt to catch the perpetrators of this violent unprovoked assault. Anyone with information is asked to contactgardai on (056) 772 22 22.