Monday 23 October 2017

Machete found at scene of Central Bank stabbing

Victim: Ian McKenna
Victim: Ian McKenna

Ken Foy

A deadly 2ft two-foot machete was found by gardai close to where a 27-year-old criminal was viciously stabbed in a gang attack alongside the Central Bank in the heart of Dublin.

Ian McKenna was stabbed up to eight times  in the frenzied incident when he was set upon by five thugs at around 6pm on Monday on Dame Street.

Officers were forensically examining the “huge knife”, which they do not believe was used by the gang who stabbed McKenna – but is linked to the savage assault. 

The notorious car thief is expected to recover after the brutal incident, which was caught on CCTV and witnessed by dozens of people.

McKenna suffered a punctured lung in the stab attack and the mob also punched and kicked him and “danced on his head” in the assault, which lasted less than a minute.  Ballyfermot man McKenna, who has also lived in Dublin's north inner city, was transferred to St James's Hospital in a critical condition.

His health improved as officers try to build a case against his attackers. Gardai are now hunting for the five men who were directly involved in the attack as well as up to six other individuals who had been with the group directly before the stabbing.

It has emerged that McKenna, who has around 80 previous criminal convictions, had been in the area to meet up with other individuals and gardai are working on the theory that he may have been the victim of a set-up by rival criminals.

The father-of-one was only recently released from prison where he served only a few weeks of a nine-month sentence imposed in May for assaulting a man in the Dorset Street areal ast October. At a separate hearing in Dublin District Court last April, McKenna pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of a vehicle and criminal damage at Palmerstown Avenue on January 14 last.

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