Man critical after being burned, stabbed 15 times in house
A young man was left in a critical condition after being stabbed and burned in an incident that gardaí are treating as a murder attempt.
Ciaran Murphy was sedated by medics as he battled severe injuries in St James' Hospital in Dublin last night.
He was stabbed 15 times at a house in Rhode, Co Offaly, in the early hours of Monday morning. Up to 90pc of the 24-year-old's body is understood to have been burned in the vicious attack.
It is understood that gardaí believe the attack is drugs-related and that Mr Murphy has been involved in a long-running feud with a criminal from Co Westmeath.
Sources say that detectives are investigating if this man is a suspect for Monday's attack.
It is believed the incident may have been carried out by a single assailant as opposed to a gang.
"He is a mid-level drug dealer who owed lots of money all over the place. But whatever he did, no-one deserves what happened to him," a source said.
"His modus operandi was to run up a debt with a higher-level figure and then not pay this money off.
"This, of course, meant that he became a target, but whatever he did no-one deserves what happened to him."
It is understood that the injured man had been threatened by this criminal in June, and it has been confirmed that Mr Murphy was in Mullingar over the weekend. The young man has a number of previous convictions, including drug possession in 2011.
A passer-by is believed to have discovered Mr Murphy on the grounds of the property early yesterday morning. It is understood that a number of dogs also perished in the blaze which destroyed the house.
Mr Murphy remained in a "critical condition" last night. Gardaí have established an incident room in Tullamore Garda Station and a Liaison Officer is working with his family.
Officers are appealing for anybody who was in the Rhode area between midnight and 2am in the early hours of Monday morning to contact the them if they have any information.