Mans Hand Is Taken Clean off in Attack with Samurai Sword; (1) Brutality: The Terrifying Incident Occurred on Sunday Evening at the Deputy Mayor Pub (2) History: Samurai Sword Is a Traditional Weapon in Japan

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Mans Hand Is Taken Clean off in Attack with Samurai Sword; (1) Brutality: The Terrifying Incident Occurred on Sunday Evening at the Deputy Mayor Pub (2) History: Samurai Sword Is a Traditional Weapon in Japan


Byline: Shane Phelan, Alan Sherry

A MAN had his left hand severed as he defended himself from a samuraisword-wielding thug who tried to chop off his head in a crowded bar.

Surgeons managed to reattach the hand yesterday after several hours ofcomplicated emergency surgery.

However, there are no guarantees that the 27-year-old victim, Peter Rogers,will ever regain the full use of his hand.

Mr Rogers was attacked by two men wielding a sword and a hammer as he drank ina pub in north Dublin on Sunday night.

The incident, which follows a spate of arrests in recent months for unlawfuluse of swords, has led to renewed calls for the Government to introduce anoutright ban on the weapons.

Gardai are seeking to establish a motive for the shocking attack, which oneofficer described as absolutely depraved.

Mr Rogers, from Ballymun, north Dublin, was not known to gardai but the twosuspects in the case, one of whom was in custody last night, are believed tohave links to drug dealing.

The victim was drinking in the Deputy Mayor pub in Meakstown, Finglas on Sundayevening when he got involved in a heated argument with two men. The men leftthe pub and returned half an hour later at 9.15pm brandishing the weapons.

They came back with the weapons and just set on him. He got a right bashing andwhen he put up his hand to defend himself, it was taken clean off by the sword,a Garda source said.

It was absolutely shocking stuff. It looks like this was a murder attempt andthey were trying to chop off his head.

The attackers fled from the pub and Mr Rogers was rushed to the Mater Hospital.He was later transferred to St Jamess Hospital where surgeons spent hoursreattaching the severed hand.

Gardai arrested one of the two culprits a short time after the attack inFinglas after finding the hammer and sword in the back of his van.

The 33-year-old man, who is reported to have used the hammer in the attack onMr Rogers, is suspected of involvement in drug dealing.

He was being questioned at Finglas Garda Station last night under Section Fourof the Criminal Justice Act.

The second suspect, a man in his late 20s from Blanchardstown, was still atlarge last night. He was a close friend of murdered west Dublin gangstersAndrew and Mark Glennon. The brothers were gunned down within four months ofeach other in 2005.

Gardai were keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack last night andwill have to wait for medical clearance before they interview the victim.

The garda source added: The attacker is involved in drug dealing but thatdoesnt mean the attack was drugs-related. It could have been over a pettyargument that got out of hand.

The brutal attack sparked renewed calls for the Government to follow Englandand Wales in banning imitation samurai swords.

Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan said: This was a truly horrificincident involving an unusual but potentially deadly weapon.

It follows a number of similar incidents only weeks ago involving samuraiswords, in which innocent members of the emergency services, as well as membersof the public, were targeted.

Yet lethal weapons like samurai swords can be bought and sold freely on theinternet for as little as E60.

Mr Flanagan said a simple amendment to legislation would easily allow for a banon the sale, possession or importation of swords, and requiring special permitsfor genuine collectors and martial arts practitioners.

The Department of Justice has said there are no plans to introduce legislationin this area.

Last month a wheelchair-bound man was arrested after attempting to rob theUlster Bank on Dublins College Green with a sword.

Days earlier a 21-year-old man suffered slash wounds after being attacked witha samurai sword in Lehenaghmore in Cork city.

The wounds were inflicted to the back of his neck and the back of his shoulder. …

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