Derry assault victim says he could have been killed

Derry assault victim Danny Gallagher.
Derry assault victim Danny Gallagher.

A Derry man says he could have been killed in an early morning assault that left him with serious head injuries.

Danny Gallagher, 58, was found in the Bloomfield Park area of Galliagh at 6 a.m. on Monday. He was attacked as he walked to see his son before he left for work.

He left his own home at around midnight and was found the next morning at 6am.

“I can remember being approached by this man, I think there might have been two of them but I am not sure, and he asked me for my phone,” he said.

“I told him he wasn’t getting it and the next thing I know I am getting kicked in the head.

“I can’t remember anything after that until I woke up in the hospital”

Mr. Gallagher is currently being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital for extensive head injuries

He added:”I must have been lying there after I was attacked for four or five hours. I was on my way to see my son after midnight and they tell me I was found after 6.

“My wife was saying that a man looking out his window saw what he thought was a bundle of rags but thankfully for me he checked and raised the alarm.”

I simply cannot believe that someone could do this to another human being.

“I live in this area and the last thing you expect is for something like this.”

A 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assault has since been released pending further enquires.

Danny’s wife Bridie said she did not recognise him after the attack. She said he is lucky to be alive.