April 19, 2021

Anger as decision not to prosecute teens over Waterford acid attack is upheld

Two youths who attacked three teenagers with acid – leaving them permanently scarred – in Waterford last year will not face criminal charges.

Tega Agberhiere (17), a youth player for Waterford FC, suffered severe injuries to his face and body and his eyesight was damaged when acid was thrown on him. Oisín Daly (19) and Pádraig Sullivan were also injured in the attack.

All three victims suffered severe skin burns in the incident last April in what their families say was a premeditated attack.

Tega suffered horrific injuries to his face, back and legs.

The injured boys’ parents met with representatives of the DPP’s office in Waterford Garda Station this week.

The families were informed the caution that was pending would now be served. This means the decision to deal with the chief suspect by way of caution rather than to charge him with a criminal offence had been upheld.

The decision has angered the families of the victims. They believe the perpetrators should be charged and brought before the courts where a judge and jury could decide the outcome.

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