A man visiting Liverpool for his stag do from Northern Ireland was attacked in the city centre and left with serious injuries.
Martin Cunningham, 27, had travelled from Keady, Co Armagh when he and several friends were attacked on August 14 just after 1am.
The attack happened on Bold Street in Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Martin suffered a fractured skull and was ‘left for dead’ in the unprovoked attack which happened while he was out celebrating his stag do.
His upcoming wedding is to fiancée Narieiosa, who he has a son called Jay with.
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The weekend was supposed to be a night out and then ‘a bit of footy’ but Mr Cunningham was victim of an unprovoked attack which left him with serious injuries.
Friends with Mr Cunningham said his attackers ran and ‘left him for dead’ while they called for help.
He was given first aid by police until paramedics arrived and he was taken to Aintree Hospital where he had treatment for serious head injuries. .
Merseyside Police arrested seven men in connection to the violent attack. .
A 40-year-old Welshman from Pontypridd was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
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The other six men, aged between 33 and 41,were also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after cocaine was found in the room of a hotel.
The men have been released under investigation by Merseyside Police whose ‘enquiries are continuing.’
After a week in hospital, Mr Cunningham was set to be released yesterday (August 23).
A post on social media showed Mr Cunningham leaving hospital with his mother ahead of their flight home to Northern Ireland.
Fundraising by his friends to support his recovery has raised over £9,000.
If you would like to donate to Martin’s recovery fund click here
The page was set up by Mr Cunningham’s friend Francis Fullerton to help the young family « 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. »