Three teens injured in attack 'as row developed during Hell Fire Club camping trip'
THREE teenage friends were set upon, stabbed and assaulted in the Dublin Mountains.
A 26-year-old small-time criminal originally from the north side of Dublin has been arrested following the incident at the Hell Fire Club.
Two young men, aged in their late teens and a teenage girl, were hospitalised following the attack.
It is believed the youths were camping in the area when their assailant came upon them. It is understood that a conversation took place and he was in the company of the three teens for two hours.
However, around 3.45pm a fight broke out. One of the teens was stabbed while the other two were assaulted.
Emergency services were alerted and all three teen were taken to Tallaght hospital.
It is understood a four-year-old boy who was in the area at the time with his grandmother saw one of the victims covered in blood following the stabbing.
While it is unclear what exactly led to the attack, gardai are working on the theory that two parties involved were not known to each other were prior to the incident.
During the attack, a knife is believed to have been used to slash one of the male victims, while the other two victims were assaulted.
Emergency services were alerted and gardai as well as paramedics rushed to the scene.
The three teenage victims- who are all from the Tallaght area- were transferred to hospital where they were treated for what have been described as non-life threatening injuries.
They were all released late last night and are recovering at home today.
The 26-year-old, who is originally from Raheny, has a number of convictions for public order offences.
The scene was preserved for a technical examination and a search of the area was conducted by the DMR South Divisional search team.
Searches are continuing for the weapon believed to have been used in the attack, while gardai will also be conducting interviews with witnesses who were present at the scene.
Gardaí combed the area yesterday evening, including a wooded area, and removed several evidence bags from the scene.
It is understood that a number of people were present around the time of the attack.
The suspect currently in custody was arrested in the Kilakee area last night and is being detained at Tallaght Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
Gardai are attempting to establish whether one or more people were involved in carrying out the attack.
“Due to the victims only being released from hospital last night gardai are still attempting to interview them thoroughly to determine what happened,” a source said.
“It’s still in the very early stages of the investigation but a clear picture of what exactly occurred should become apparent very soon,” they added.
Detectives are also investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the violent attack.
The Hell Fire Club is the name given to the ruin of a former hunting lodge, built around 1725 and situated at the summit of the 363 metre high Montpelier Hill.
Local councillor Francis Duffy, who lives close to the scene of the stabbing, said it was a very unusual incident to happen in the area.
The area is a popular spot for families and hikers but it wouldn’t be the sort of area that would attract field drinkers or people taking drugs, he said.
“You get all sorts of walkers that go up there but it’s a long way to walk,” he told the Herald.
Local Fianna Fail Councillor Charlie O’Connor said: “An appalling incident like this is horrifying for the community and visitors to the area.”