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New dad dies months after baptism attack

A Carrickmacross man who was the victim of a street attack just hours after the baptism of his twin daughters more than four months ago has died from his injuries, The Examiner has learned.

Seamus Bell, a father-of-three, was assaulted on Main Street of the Co. Monaghan town on 20th January.  He had been out with his partner Edel celebrating their daughters’ christening and was making his way home with family members when confronted by the assailant who threw a single punch.  Mr Bell fell to the ground and struck his head on the footpath, resulting in critical head injuries.  Hospitalised and in an unresponsive state since, the 36-year-old passed away at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on Saturday (2nd June).

Mr Bell is well known in the Castleblayney area where he worked a personal trainer in Definition Fitness Studio.  He was also a former physio with the Monaghan Ladies GAA team. 

The alleged assailant, Lithuanian national Vytautas Racys of Loughglack in Carrickmacross, was charged with the attack and has been held in Cloverhill Prison since his arrest on 21st January.