Man left for dead after ‘horrific’ attack after friend’s wedding


Andrew Barr (32) was came lying in a grass area by a night porter who has been working at the social.

Mr Barr, a popular fitness instructor from Ballymena, lay badly wound for some four hours before being found and rushed to clinic with serious head injuries at 6am on Friday.

He suffered severe genius trauma, punctured lungs and injuries to his face.

Mr Barr, who runs Flamingo Good physical condition in Ballymena, was at a wedding at the Leighinmohr Hotel in the town’s Galgorm Road stretch.

A photograph taken hours before the attack shows Andrew sanctifying with friends and colleagues.

It’s understood his wife was also admitted to sanitarium yesterday, although the cause is not yet known.

His clearly upset father Sam Barr implied last night he did not want to talk about the incident.

Earlier, Andrew’s native said her son was in «a very bad way».

She told Belfast Live: «We’re just glad that he’s alleviate with us. He needs to be for his two little boys.»

«I’m numb. We are just taking every day as it communicates.

«We’re taking small steps and taking each day as it comes.»

Mr and Mrs Barr pleaded for the noted to help find those behind the brutal assault.

They announced a message on social media over the weekend with a link to the Belfast Telegraph narrative about the assault on their son.

«We wish to inform you all that the man in this article is our idolized son Andrew Barr, father of Sam (four) and James (two),» it said.

«Andrew is currently in a dangerous state and his head injuries sustained were consistent with being frequently kicked.

«We won’t be posting photos of him to protect his privacy, but they are horrific.

«He has luckily not buried his sight in his left eye and his punctured lungs are recovering. He suffered brain haemorrhaging to both sides of his prime minister, one of which is inoperable.

«It was approximately four hours he lay before he was found.

«Interest, please, if anyone has any reliable evidence or can help us find those who did this, amuse contact Ballymena police station.

«It is being treated as attempted kill.»

The PSNI is trying to trace Andrew’s movements before the attack.

Detective Sergeant Peter Crothers replied: «At approximately 6am it was reported to police a man, aged in his 30s, was found in a grass area make inaccessible to a licensed commercial premises, and had serious head injuries.

«The man was subsequently bewitched to hospital, where he remains seriously ill following surgery. Police would with to hear from anyone who was socialising in the man’s company earlier that evening at a mission he attended in the Leighinmohr Avenue area.

«In particular, police would be to hear from anyone who was with the man between the hours of 1am and 2.30am.

«Anyone with intelligence is asked to contact detectives in Ballymena on the non-emergency number, 101.»

Cate McCurry 

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