Student stabbed during first week
A teenage student was stabbed during his first week at agricultural college.
Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to two men who assaulted and then stabbed the 18-year-old in Waterford city centre.
The young man was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed near a popular city nightclub on Wednesday night.
The teen, who is understood to be a first year student at Kildalton Agricultural College in Kilkenny, was found lying on John Street shortly after 11.40pm on Wednesday evening.
Gardaí and paramedics were alerted and the teen was rushed to University Hospital Waterford.
He underwent emergency surgery early yesterday morning for what are understood to be stab and slash-type injuries to the abdomen.
The teen is not understood to be from Waterford. He had only commenced his studies at Kildalton last week.
Gardaí are awaiting medical clearance to interview him about the circumstances of the assault.
"We believe there were quite a number of people in the area at the time and are convinced that several must have witnessed this assault," one garda source said.
CCTV footage is now expected to play a critical role in the investigation.
Waterford gardaí are appealing for information.
They said that anyone with information can contact them at (051) 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line at (1800) 666111.