Friday 30 September 2016

Mum's shock as son stabbed in abdomen just metres from popular nightclub

Published 17/06/2016 | 21:54

Gardai at the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside in Swords where the victim raised the alarm that he had been stabbed
Gardai at the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside in Swords where the victim raised the alarm that he had been stabbed
Gardai search Airside Retail Park car park close to the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside in Swords where the victim raised the alarm that he had been stabbed
Gardai search Airside Retail Park car park close to the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside in Swords where the victim raised the alarm that he had been stabbed
Gardai search Airside Retail Park car park close to the scene at the Wright Venue in Airside in Swords where the victim raised the alarm that he had been stabbed
Gardai search Airside Retail Park car park

A woman whose son was knifed in an attack in Swords has said she is shocked that he would be targeted so callously.

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Emmanuel Agboola (25) who is from the Forest Road area of the north Dublin suburb, was out with friends on Wednesday night.

But as he walked through the Airside retail park at around 4am early on Thursday morning he was stabbed in the abdomen and the small of his back.

He staggered to the nearby Wright Venue nightclub and raised the alarm, with quick-thinking staff administering first-aid and calling the emergency services and Gardai.

Emmanuel was rushed to hospital and had to undergo surgery.

At her home, Emmanuel’s mother Bola Olaloko told of her shock as she tried to come to terms with what had happened.

“I get shocked when I hear about any attack on the news. It terrifies me. Can you imagine how I felt when one of my son’s friends rang me and told me Emmanuel had been stabbed?” she told the Herald.

Bola had spent all of Thursday at Beaumont hospital where her son was operated on.

“The doctors say he will recover, and Emmanuel has told me he is comfortable but he is on pain medication, but I still can't believe anyone could do this and I do not know why,” she explained.

R&B singer Chris Brow had played the 3Arena earlier on the night of the stabbing and had also performed at the Wright Venue.

Gardai and emergency services arrived at the scene quickly when the alarm was raised.

Emmanuel’s injuries were described as serious but not life threatening. They include knife wounds to his lower back and abdomen where vital organs such as his kidney’s and liver were exposed to threat.

Gardai believe the attack happened in a nearby Airside car park. They will examine CCTV of the area to establish the full details.

Officers from Swords Garda Station also hope to speak with Emmanuel following surgery when his condition improves.

He is not known to gardai and a possible motive for the attack has not been established.

“The Gardai have told me there is a lot of CCTV in the area so they might find something on that,” said Bola.

An area of the car park in front of the Wright Venue was sealed off by gardaI, and detectives carried out an initial assessment of the scene.

A garda spokesman confirmed that they were investigating the alleged assault.

A team of gardai were also spotted searching drains in a nearby car park of the Airside Retail Park.

Gardai also searched under cars in the car park for a potential weapon.

Gardai praised the staff of the Wright Venue for the way they handled the incident and helped the man who was injured.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident but it is understood some homes have been called to in the Swords area as the investigation continues.

Anyone with any information, or who witnessed anything unusual in the vicinity of the Airside Park is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

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