Friday 24 November 2017

German stab victim hopes to return home for Christmas

Grainne Cunningham

A German student, injured in a stabbing incident in which his friend was killed, is expected to be well enough to be home for Christmas.

Robert Rinker (22) was seriously injured and Thomas Heinrich (22) died after a savage knife attack on the street outside their Rialto apartment at the weekend.

Mr Rinker has been in St James's Hospital since but it is believed he will be released in a couple of days. It is understood he should be well enough to return home for Christmas. The remains of Thomas Heinrich, pictured, are due to be released to his devastated parents in the next few days.

Meanwhile, up to 500 staff and students of Griffith College attended a memorial service in honour of their fellow student, who was spending just three months in Ireland. They were among 50 German students on an international study semester in Dublin.

Wreaths were placed at the spot outside the Herberton apartment complex where the popular, music-loving young man died, and a number of people spoke about him at a gathering back at the college. Gardai are hoping that the recovery of three knives close to the apartment complex will help them to convict those involved in the stabbing.

Detectives believe the two students were on their apartment balcony when words were exchanged between them and two teenagers walking past. Later, when confronted on the street, the teenagers produced knives and the two German men were stabbed.

Irish Independent

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