Wednesday 20 September 2017

Irish 'Good Samaritan' stabbed in Ibiza

Gerard Couzens

AN IRISHMAN is recovering in hospital in Ibiza after being stabbed when he tried to break up a fight.

Good Samaritan Darren Higgins (21) was slashed in the head, arms and stomach just before 4am yesterday morning after rugby-tackling a man who was attacking another holidaymaker in the party resort of San Antonio.

He underwent an emergency operation for wounds which included a 20-centimetre cut to his stomach after being rushed to a nearby accident and emergency unit.

Speaking today from his bed in Ibiza's Can Misses Hospital, Darren, from Kildare, said: "It was all a bit of a blur. Instinct just took over.

"I remember rugby-tackling the guy and then feeling what I thought was a blow to the back of my head until I realised there was blood pouring from it.

"I went to put my T-shirt round my head to stem the flow of blood and that's when he slashed my stomach.

"I didn't see the weapon but I think it was a knife.

"I've got seven wounds in total including two slash wounds to my arm and two to my head and a 20-centimetre cut to my stomach that's had to be stitched up.

"The doctors have said I'm going to be okay and I'm feeling better than I was.

"To be honest I don't think it's sunk in yet how lucky I've been.

"I was just trying to do the right thing and stop a fight.”

The incident happened in Santa Agnes Street, in the heart of San Antonio's West End area, an area made up of a few streets and one long bar strip. Darren is currently working in Ibiza.

The spot where Darren was hurt was opposite a bar called Viva.

Police on Ibiza confirmed today they were still hunting Darren's attacker and another man believed to have been involved in the incident.

A source close to the case said he believed the Irishman had been attacked with a broken bottle.

The English tourist they were chasing when Darren stepped in, a 21-year-old named locally as Arthur Collins, is thought to have been treated in a local health centre.

Darren said: "I haven't even had time to tell my parents about what happened yet so I'm going to be calling them as soon as I get a chance.”

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