Young man due to start college stabbed after row in nightclub queue
Underwent emergency surgery for 'stab and slash-type injuries' to the abdomen
A WATERFORD student is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the city centre.
The 18 year old, who is understood to be a first year agricultural student, was found lying on John Street shortly after 11.40pm last night.
Gardaí and paramedics were alerted and the teen was rushed to University Hospital Waterford (UHW).
He underwent emergency surgery early this morning for what are understood to be stab and slash-type injuries to the abdomen.
Sources indicated that the surgery was a success and the teen is now in a stable condition.
He is expected to make a full recovery though he will remain in UHW for observation for several days.
The teen is not understood to be from Waterford.
Gardaí are awaiting medical clearance to interview him about the precise circumstances of the assault.
Detectives indicated that the incident is believed to be linked to a dispute which erupted outside a city centre nightclub.
The teen had gone out socialising with friends on Wednesday evening in Waterford city centre and had decided to attend a nightclub.
While he was queuing, words were exchanged with another man. The dispute escalated and second older man then became involved.
It was at this point the teen was stabbed and slashed a number of times in the stomach.
Gardaí described the incident as a serious assault and appealed for anyone who witnessed the matter to contact them.
"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.
"We would urge them to contact Ballybricken Garda Station to assist us with our inquiries."
CCTV security camera footage is now expected to play a critical role in the investigation.
A number of premises in the area have CCTV security cameras and footage is now being studied to determine the movements of two
individuals of interest to gardai.
Waterford gardaí said anyone with information can contact them at (051) 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line at (1800) 666111.