Stab victim in intensive care after frenzied city attack
Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00
A man who suffered stab wounds to his head, back, stomach and legs was in a critical but stable condition at a hospital last night after undergoing emergency surgery.
The 24-year-old victim received multiple knife wounds to his body in the frenzied attack.
He was found face down and unconscious by gardai who received a call to go to an apartment in the Heritage House complex in Cathedral Road, Cork city, at 9.20pm on Sunday.
The victim, who has not been named, was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH), where the emergency medical team worked through the early hours of Monday to stabilise his condition.
He received multiple blood transfusions and remained in intensive care at CUH last night.
It is thought the stabbing occurred when an argument between the victim and another man spiralled out of control. Gardai arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene. He was taken to Gurranabraher garda station for questioning, and later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Locals have expressed shock at the brutality of the incident.
Sinn Fein councillor Thomas Gould, who lives near the apartment complex, said he was taken aback by the severity of the attack. "People are shocked. This would be a rare occurrence, if ever, up here. Cathedral Road is a beautiful place and it is a sign of the times when something like this is happening here," he said.
"Hopefully, he will recover. It was a horrific attack on a young man. There needs to be urgent action taken on crime."
The area where the stabbing occurred was cordoned off and garda technical experts forensically examined the scene yesterday morning.
The incident occurred at an old school, which had been converted into apartments over the past few years.
The injured person and the man in custody are both from the north side of Cork city. The motive for the attack was unknown last night.
The apartment is located at the front of the complex, close to the road, so gardai believe members of the public out walking between 9pm and 9.20pm on Sunday may have heard the disturbance.
Gardai have appealed to locals who may have heard a disturbance or noise in or around the apartments to contact Gurranabraher garda station on 021-4946200.