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Saturday 21 April 2018

Gardaí probe if stab attack arose from 'dispute involving children' as man (21) remains in critical condition

Newcastle West Garda Station (Photo: Google Maps)
Newcastle West Garda Station (Photo: Google Maps)

David Raleigh

Gardaí said they were investigating reports that the stab attack in Limerick on Saturday arose out of a personal dispute involving the children of two separate parties.

The victim, aged 21, remains in a critical condition in hospital after the alleged assault in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.

The young man was stabbed "in the torso", garda sources said.

Gardaí are now investigating reports that the stab attack is connected to a personal dispute involving the children of two separate parties.

Meanwhile, a source said gardaí have now recovered a knife which they believe was used in the alleged stabbing on Saturday evening.

The stabbing occurred at Maiden Street, in the West Limerick town around 5pm, Saturday.

A rear yard of a property in the town was sealed off by gardai. Gardai confirmed that a "technical examination" of the yard was being conducted by forensic gardai.

An Eastern European native man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene and was being questioned at Newcastle West Garda Station.

Footage from security cameras on Maiden Street and the surrounding area were being harvested by detectives and gardai were conducting "house to house enquiries" in the area.

Appealing for witnesses, gardai stated they were investigating "a serious assault”.

"One man (21 years) was removed to University Hospital Limerick and is in a critical condition. The scene is currently preserved," they added.

"One male (late 20s) was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Newcastle West Garda Station.”

Gardaí appealed for "any persons who were in the vicinity of Maiden Street or who can assist them with their investigation” to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069 20650, or the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111."

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