Gardai are hunting for a 24-year-old man after a mother and her teenage son were stabbed in a horrific incident in north Dublin yesterday morning.
The violent incident which happened outside a house in Ballymun, north Dublin, led to a large knife being embedded in the arm of a 16-year-old boy.
The boy’s 45-year-old mother was also stabbed in the neck in front of him.
A trail of blood could be seen outside their home as a garda forensic team conducted a technical examination of the scene.
Sources say that gardai are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the incident and are hunting for a suspect who is well known to the victims and has a history of psychiatric problems.
Both victims are now expected to survive after initial fears that the woman may be in a critical state.
They were being treated last night at Beaumont Hospital on the capital's north side.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardai are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding a stabbing incident in Ballymun.
“A male and a female were taken by ambulance to hospital with stab wounds following an incident in a house at approximately 10am yesterday morning.
“The conditions of those injured are not yet known. The scene was preserved for a technical and forensic examination.”