Man charged in connection with assault on Afghan teenager (18)

Three Afghan men were attacked while cycling in Ballinteer last week

A 21-year-old man has been charged with assaulting an Afghan teenager in south Dublin last week.

Joseph Connors, with an address at Daletree Place in Ballycullen, appeared before Dún Laoghaire District Court this morning.

Mr Connors was arrested yesterday in connection with the attack on three Afghan males, including 18-year-old Naqeebullah Ahmadzai, on Broadford Road in Ballinteer on May 5th.

Today, he was charged with the assault under section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997. He was remanded on bail and is due to appear at the same court on July 26th.

Mr Connors was also charged with stealing a box of Coors Light, worth €20, and bottled beer, worth around €35, from the Centra shop in Ballinteer on the same day as the incident.

Afghan brothers Naqeebullah Ahmadzai (18) and Fazalrahman Ahmadzai (20) were cycling home from Marley Park with their 13-year-old nephew Abdul last Thursday when they were assaulted at around 8.20pm.

Gardaí said the four men who attacked them were “travelling in car described as a blue coloured Peugeot”.

“Following the assault the four males left the scene in the car in the direction of Dundrum,” a spokesperson for the force said.

Two of the injured men were taken to St James' Hospital, one in a serious condition. The other male was taken to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

Gardaí said this afternoon that they were seeking three other men in connection with the incident.