A Northern Ireland man suffered a fractured skull in an unprovoked attack in Liverpool which saw a man from south Wales arrested on suspicion of assault.
Martin Cunningham, a 27-year-old dad of one from Keady, Co Armagh, was on his stag do when he was attacked walking down Bold Street in Liverpool city centre shortly after 1am on August 14.
Described as an « absolute gentleman » by friends, Mr Cunningham had travelled to his favourite city to celebrate his upcoming wedding to his fiancée Narieiosa, with whom he has a young son, Jay.
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He and his friends had planned a night out on the town followed by « a bit of footy » but their dream weekend turned to tragedy when Mr Cunningham was subjected to an unprovoked violent attack. According to the friends who were with him on the night, his attackers « left him for dead » while they called for help.
Police officers gave Mr Cunningham first aid until the paramedics arrived before he was taken to Aintree Hospital where he was treated for serious head injuries.
Seven men were arrested by Merseyside Police on Sunday in connection to 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.
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Merseyside Police said all have since been released under investigation and « enquiries are continuing ».
Mr Cunningham is set to return home today, Monday August 23, after spending a week in hospital. In a social media post on Friday, Mr Cunningham 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. »
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