Wednesday 21 August 2019

Brothers stabbed in courthouse hospitalised

Two brothers were stabbed in an incident at Galway Courthouse yesterday
Two brothers were stabbed in an incident at Galway Courthouse yesterday

Caroline Crawford

Two brothers are recovering in hospital after they were stabbed in an incident at Galway Courthouse yesterday.

It is understood the men were attacked with a cut-throat razor and possibly a knife, with one suffering a serious injury to the back while the other was stabbed in the arm.

The brothers, who are believed to be 17 and 20 years of age, were taken by ambulance to University College Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Three men were arrested in relation to the incident and taken to Millstreet Garda Station for questioning.

It is understood that the three detained men are a father and his two sons. One is aged in his 50s, while the other two are in their 20s.

One of the men was detained just outside the courthouse and the other two shortly after.

Gardaí believe the incident relates to an ongoing family feud in the city.

The incident occurred at around 10.50am yesterday morning at Galway Courthouse when the foyer was packed with members of the public making their way to a number of separate court sittings.

It is understood that the men were not due to appear before the court but were there supporting family members who were appearing before the District Court.

Cleaning staff were called to the courthouse to deal with blood spatter in the foyer of the building. Cases at the court continued throughout the day and the building was not evacuated as a result of the incident.

Irish Independent

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