Monday 12 November 2018

Frank Shortt's son stabbed 13 times in frenzied assault

A garda cordon in Letterkenny, Co Donegal seals off the scene where Kristian Shortt was stabbed 13 times. Kristian, who is the son of nightclub owner Frank Shortt is fighting for his life in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, where his family are holding a bedside vigil
A garda cordon in Letterkenny, Co Donegal seals off the scene where Kristian Shortt was stabbed 13 times. Kristian, who is the son of nightclub owner Frank Shortt is fighting for his life in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, where his family are holding a bedside vigil

Anita Guidera

THE son of wrongfully convicted nightclub owner Frank Shortt is fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital after suffering multiple injuries in a frenzied stabbing attack.

Kristian Shortt (26) was found unconscious in a flat in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, by gardai just before 7am on Thursday.

He had been stabbed up to 13 times with a sharp implement, believed to be a scissors, suffering wounds to his chest, back, ear, neck and head in what his brother described as "a savage attack".

The victim was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries, but despite regaining consciousness his condition later deteriorated and he was transferred to St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, in the early hours where he underwent emergency surgery yesterday.

Last night, his distraught family was maintaining a vigil at his bedside in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

A 34-year-old Dublin man, arrested at the scene, and believed to the occupant of the flat in Upper Main Street, was detained for questioning at Milford garda station and later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Roadblock

In the early hours of yesterday morning, a 35-year-old man also from Dublin was arrested by gardai at a roadblock in Monaghan town.

He was still being detained last night under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Monaghan garda station.

Kristian Shortt is the second youngest in the family of five of former Donegal nightclub owner, Frank Shortt, who was awarded €4.5m from the State last year after serving a three-year jail sentence after he was wrongfully convicted of allowing drugs to be sold on his premises.

He had returned home from Australia last May and was living with his brother Jalisco and his family in Letterkenny.

Speaking from the hospital last night, Jalisco, told the Irish Independent that the family was devastated.

"He is in terrible shape. It was a pretty savage attack.

"He was just back from a beer festival in Germany with his girlfriend on Sunday and had gone out for a few pints on Wednesday night. He went on to a party and some lunatic attacked him and nearly killed him," he said.

Jalisco revealed that he had received a text message from his younger brother in the early hours asking him to leave the door open for him. "He is a very happy fella, always out. He is the life and soul of the party. He enjoys the craic and everyone enjoys the craic with him.

"I just don't understand why some psycho would attack him like this. I cannot figure it out. It's savage stuff," he said.

Jalisco's wife, Siobhan, added that her brother-in-law was fighting for his life. "We are just saying all the prayers we can. We cannot believe it. Kristian is such a great guy. He doesn't have any enemies. He didn't seem to know his attackers.

"We never heard him talking about them.

"It is all a mystery. It was a horrendous attack. I cannot believe people would do this to him. You wouldn't do this to a dog," she said.

A senior garda involved in the investigation said that gardai had yet to establish a motive for the attack.

"The investigation is progressing. We haven't established what the circumstances were that led up to the attack," he said.

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