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Saturday 20 January 2018

Man fighting for life following vicious hatchet attack

The 38-year-old man was slashed across the forehead in the north Dublin city assault


Cormac Murphy

A 38-YEAR-old man was fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital today after he was attacked in the face with a hatchet.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont where his condition was described as critical.

Another man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested and is being detained at a nearby garda station.

The incident took place in the early hours of today in a flat the victim shares with his girlfriend -- the arrested man's sister -- at Kelly's Row, off Dorset Street Lower, in Dublin 1.

It is believed a number of people had gathered at their home from late evening on Saturday.

An argument broke out later in the night, leading to the 38-year-old being struck with the hatchet.

It is understood he was slashed across the forehead, causing a deep wound as far as his ear, and is believed to have lost a significant amount of blood.

Kelly's Row is a laneway located between 20 and 21 Dorset Street Lower.

The flat where the attack happened is in a block of six units above an adult store at number 20.

Officers from the Garda Technical Bureau arrived at the scene at about 10.30am today and carried out a detailed forensic analysis of the interior of the building.

In a statement, a garda spokesman said: "At approximately 1.45am, gardai were called to the scene of an assault at an apartment at Kelly's Row.

"One male was seriously injured and removed to Mater Hospital by ambulance. He has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital and is in a critical condition.

"A male aged in his late 20s has been arrested by gardai this morning and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Mountjoy Garda Station."

The man is expected to appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court tomorrow morning charged in connection with the investigation.

Irish Independent

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