2002-03-09 / Front Page

Beach 129 Street Assault Victim Still Hospitalized

By Howard Schwach

Beach 129 Street Assault Victim Still Hospitalized

The 18-year-old youth who was "viciously attacked" on Beach 129 Street last week remains hospitalized in poor condition at press time with inoperable kidneys and "complications" that include terrible headaches.

"My son is still the same, still in Peninsula Hospital Center on dialysis with kidney failure and now he has additional complications from the vicious attack," says Pat McNulty, the youth's father.

Thomas McNulty was attacked by a group of four boys that McNulty's father, Pat, calls a "wolf pack."

The four boys involved in the attack have been arrested by detectives of the 100 Precinct, but their names are being withheld because of their ages pending a grand jury appearance on March 25.

The incident began when McNulty came home from work at Kennedy Airport on Friday, February 22. He went to 129 Street, where he was beaten by the four boys and hit a number of times with a heavy, Department of Sanitation garbage can.

It was not clear at press time what charges would be brought against the four boys. A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney declined to comment until a grand jury met to discuss the case.

Pat McNulty things that they should "be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

"This has changed our whole family," the father told The Wave. "My wife spends all her time in the hospital. She won't leave his bedside. We have two other kids, and they have needs as well. Thomas just began an apprenticeship program with Local 30. Who knows whether he will be able to continue when this is over? This just changes everything."

The older McNulty says that other parents have come to him to tell him that their children have been assaulted by the same "wolf pack" as well.

"Everybody should know that if these kids are given a slap on the wrist for this assault, there their kids could be next," McNulty says angrily.

Even in his anger, however, McNulty thinks that Rockaway responded well to his son's assault.

"Detectives Curran and Rice from the 100 Precinct have really worked hard on this case for us," he says. "The staff at Peninsula Hospital has been great and so have our friends and the clergy, especially Sister Patricia."

The next court date for the four youths arrested for the assault is set for March 25.


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