Martin Cunningham was visiting his favourite city to celebrate his upcoming wedding when he was set upon while walking on a night out – and allegedly « left for dead »
Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)
A dad-of-one suffered a fractured skull and was allegedly « left for dead » during an unprovoked attack on his stag do.
Martin Cunningham, 27, was visiting Liverpool – his favourite city – to celebrate his upcoming wedding.
He and his friends had planned a night out on the town followed by « a bit of footy », reports WalesOnline.
But the dream weekend turned to tragedy when Martin, from Keady, Co Armagh, was subjected to a violent assault while walking down Bold Street at around 1am on August 14.
According to the friends who were with him on the night, his attackers « left him for dead » while they called for help.
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Police officers gave Martin first aid until the paramedics arrived before he was taken to Aintree Hospital where he was treated for serious head injuries.
Seven men have been arrested by Merseyside Police in connection with the attack.
A man aged 40 from Pontypridd, Wales, was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Six other men from south Wales, aged between 33 and 41, were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, after suspected cocaine was uncovered in a hotel room.
Police said all have since been released under investigation and « enquiries are continuing ».
Martin, who is marrying Narieiosa, with whom he has a young son, Jay, was set to return home on Monday after spending a week in hospital.
In a social media post on Friday, he was pictured with his mother leaving hospital ahead of their planned flight home to Northern Ireland.
His friends are raising money to support his recovery and they’ve already raised over £9,000.
Francis Fullerton set up the page so the young family could « rebuild their dream ».
He said: « Although making good progress Marty needs our help with our continuing prayers and Marty and his family also need your help to make provision for the absolute necessities of living. »