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Saturday 3 December 2016

Luas attack: 'He owes his life to the security guards'

Conor Feehan and Robin Schiller

Published 06/04/2015 | 11:58

General view of Milltown Luas Stop. Milltown, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Milltown Luas Stop. Milltown, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Milltown Luas Stop. Milltown, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A MAN who was brutally stabbed at a Luas stop owes his life to two security workers who came to his rescue and were also attacked by the same assailants, gardai have said.

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The victim, who is in 20s, was set upon by two men shortly before 8pm last night at the Milltown stop on the Luas green line.

He was stabbed in the neck, back and leg by two men in what is believed to be an ongoing row between a group with addresses in Crumlin and Rathmines.

Two Special Task Team (STT) Luas security personnel tried to intervene in the fight when they noticed a row developing at the platform.

SERIOUS

It quickly became apparent to the Luas workers that the young man was being stabbed by his two assailants.

5/4/15 Gardai investigate a stabbing incident at Miltown luas stop in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
5/4/15 Gardai investigate a stabbing incident at Miltown luas stop in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
5/4/15 Gardai investigate a stabbing incident at Miltown luas stop in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
5/4/15 Gardai investigate a stabbing incident at Miltown luas stop in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

As the security men attempted to intervene, they were also set upon by the two thugs, who produced a can of pepper spray.

The two STT workers were then sprayed in the face, leaving them temporarily blinded.

One of the attackers then lunged at a security guard, stabbing him in the leg.

The worker who was stabbed in the leg is a 28-year-old Irish man, while his colleague, who received a broken thumb in the attack, is a Lithuanian man aged 30. A source described how the wounds of the young man who was initially being stabbed were “very serious”.

“He would have been killed if the security men had not been there. It was a brutal attack,” a source told the Herald.

Despite their injuries, the STT personnel managed to hold on to the attackers until gardai arrived. One of the arrested men, who is in his 20s and from Rathmines, was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries but was in garda custody while there.

The second man, who is in his 30s and has an address in Crumlin, was taken to Rathmines garda station for questioning.

Gardai preserved the scene to conduct forensic examinations.

The STT workers and the man who was attacked, who was described as having serious but non-life threatening injuries, were transferred to St Vincent’s University Hospital.

SINISTER

A source told the Herald how workers are regularly the targets of a gang of youths on the green line with sinister threats being made on a regular basis.

As well as being told they will be stabbed by the gang, missiles are also frequently launched at security guards as they operate the Milltown area.

Gardai are set to view CCTV footage in their investigations into the attack. All Luas stops are covered by multiple CCTV cameras as well as the trams themselves.

The STT staff were being hailed as heroes today for risking their own safety to stop the attack progressing and also ensuring the alleged culprits were arrested.

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