WITNESSES described horrific injuries sustained after a man was slashed across the neck and head as like “turning on a tap and watching all the blood flow out”.
However gardai said last night they understood the injuries are not life-threatening.
The incident, which occurred around 9.10pm tonight, took place at the junction of Gardiner Street and Parnell Street in the Summerhill area of Dublin’s north inner city.
The man had been crossing the road when he was set upon by one or two men who slashed him with a sharp object at the back of the head and down to his throat before fleeing the scene.
Friends of the man called for an ambulance and sought tissue bandages and tissue paper from a nearby shop. The shop’s security guard, Tiberiu Popa from Romania told the Irish Independent how the blood poured down the man’s clothes and onto the street.
“His friends were asking for help so all I could give them was some tissues and he held that against his throat and sat down and just waited for the ambulance. He didn’t seem to be in too much pain but he may have been in shock,” he said.
“There’s blood there on the ground and it was coming from the top of his head. He pressed the tissue against his head but he wasn’t screaming. He didn’t say anything really.”
Mr Popa said he recognised the man as a regular in the shop and said he was “a good guy who had maybe fallen on tough times, I think”.
“He would always be coming in here every night and buying alcohol. I don’t know him that well but I think he was living in the area.
“He kept to himself really,” he said.
Outside, blood-soaked tissue paper remained on the ground just minutes after the attack.
Other witnesses who saw they incident said “the blood was pouring out of his neck and head. It was absolutely horrible”.
The man was taken to nearby Mater Hospital and gardai from Mountjoy Station are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact them on 01 666 8640 or on the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111.
By Sam Griffin