Gang members stab man (60) in 'trick or treat' doorstep attack
AN innocent 60-year-old man was stabbed in his home on Halloween night by three members of a notorious criminal gang after he opened his front door expecting to be greeted by trick and treaters.
Three suspected members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang were in garda custody yesterday in Limerick following the horrific assault on the man at his home in White Cross Gardens, Moyross, on Sunday night.
Gardai believe that the assailants went to the victim's home on the northside of the city to confront another person over an outstanding drug debt.
Hearing someone outside his home, the victim opened the front door at 10.45pm and the assailants attempted to gain access to the property.
Attempting to keep the intruders from entering the property, the man was stabbed in the arm and face before his assailants fled the area.
Emergency services were immediately alerted and gardai responded quickly when they stopped a car containing two men and a woman in the Hyde Road area of the city within 10 minutes of the assault.
Hyde Road, in Ballinacurra-Weston on the opposite side of the city to Moyross, is the stronghold of the McCarthy-Dundon gang.
The three suspected assailants are all aged in their 20s and were still being questioned about the assault last night.
The injured man is not connected to any crime gang or criminality and is regarded as a completely innocent party.
He has never been in trouble before.
His injuries were not serious and he was released from the Mid-Western Regional Hospital yesterday after medical examination.
Meanwhile, gardai in Ennis, Co Clare, suspect that a 25-year-old foreign national was assaulted shortly before midnight on Sunday in an apartment by a 29-year-old. Officers believe the assault occurred following a dispute over a girlfriend.
The injured man sustained neck, back and chest wounds which occurred at an apartment at Parnell Court in the Summerhill area of the Clare town.
Officers are investigating whether a bottle was used in the attack.
The suspected assailant, who is from Ennis, was also treated for a leg injury before being released from hospital and arrested by gardai.
Three further arrests were made yesterday afternoon in connection with the incident.
Shortly before 3pm, gardai detained two women and a man under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and took them to Ennis garda station for questioning.
It is believed that both the injured man and the attacker had been drinking for several hours prior to the incident.
Gardai in Ennis are appealing for anyone with information on the assault to contact them on 065-6848100.