Thursday 17 October 2019

Probe launched as boy (15) stabbed just minutes after teenager Azzam Raguragui killed nearby

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Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Gardai have launched an investigation into the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy, who was attacked just ten minutes after Azzam Raguragui (18) was killed in South Dublin, and only 2km away.

The incident occurred at the bus stop in Nutgrove Avenue in Rathfarnham on Friday, May 10 at 8.20pm, which is less than 2km away from the fatal stabbing in Finsbury Park, Churchtown. 

Azzam Raguragui (18) was stabbed to death just ten minutes earlier at 8.10pm. 

The Garda Press Office could not confirm if the two incidents were linked. However, a garda spokesperson confirmed that the teenager attacked in Rathfarnham received non-fatal injuries to the thigh. 

It is understood he was taken to Crumlin hospital. 

“A male youth aged in is mid-teens sustained an apparent stab wound during an incident on Nutgrove Avenue, Churchtown at approximately 8.20pm on the 10/5/2019,” a garda spokesperson said.

“It’s understood he was assaulted during an incident involving a number of youths. 

“The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made to date.”

A resident from Rathfarnham, who did not want to be named, told Independent.ie that locals rushed to the assistance of the injured teenager. 

“The young man was bleeding very heavily, and the bus stop was covered in blood,” he said. 

“Paramedics arrived at the scene a short time later to transport him to Crumlin Hospital, but thankfully his injuries weren’t too severe. 

“Gardai sealed off the area and were making door-to-door inquiries throughout the weekend around the adjacent neighbourhoods. 

"It’s really shocking to hear that something so violent has happened to someone so young, especially in a quiet locality like ours."

Gardaí in Rathfarnham are investigating and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 01 6666500 or the Garda Confidentail Line 1800 666 111.

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