Monday 19 August 2019

Gardaí arrest suspect following knife attack on elderly man (93) in his home

Gardaí are investigating the incident (stock photo)
Gardaí are investigating the incident (stock photo)

Patrick O'Connell and Elaine Keogh

Gardaí have arrested a man in his 30s following a horrific knife attack on an 93-year-old man at his home in Co. Louth.

The pensioner was stabbed three times in a botched robbery at his home in Sandy Lane in Blackrock shortly before 3pm yesterday.

Sources confirmed the elderly man was working in the greenhouse at the back of his home when the culprit entered his property asking for a glass of water.

“It appears this individual first asked for a glass of water and then started asking for other things.

“He then started arguing with the injured man before producing a knife and stabbing him three times.”

Sources said Gardai believe the motive for the attack was a robbery and that the culprit fled leaving the pensioner for dead.

Gardaí have confirmed this morning that a man has been arrested in the Dundalk area and is being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The victim is currently in a stable condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

It’s understood the alarm was raised at approximately 2.45 pm and that when Gardai arrived at the scene at 2.50pm, they discovered the pensioner covered in blood after suffering at least three stab wounds to the abdomen. .

A Garda spokesman said the victim “sustained a number of apparent stab wounds following an altercation with another man”.

A technical and forensic examination of the scene was underway yesterday and gardai have asked for anyone with information to come forward.

“Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the area of Sandy Lane or the nearby Community Centre between 2pm and 3pm to contact the incident room a Dundalk Garda Station.”

Local Fine Gael Councillor Maria Doyle said she was “absolutely shocked” to hear about the attack.

“We all should feel safe in our homes particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable. I hope the Gardaí make an arrest soon and that the poor man who has been injured recovers from this terrible assault.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station 042-9388400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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