Monday 19 February 2018

Man (22) fights for life after brutal stabbing in lane, three released without charge

  • Man (22) remains in critical condition
  • Three men arrested by gardaí are released without charge
  • Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the case
  • Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses
Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The life of a man who was brutally stabbed at the weekend was hanging in the balance last night as his family held a bedside vigil.

One of the men arrested over the incident this weekend had previously been questioned over the fatal stabbing of another man in Kilkenny.

The victim of the attack on Saturday evening, who was named locally as Jamie Hennessy (22), was stabbed near a laneway in Castlecomer, in Co Kilkenny.

He was in a critical condition in hospital last night after sustaining injuries to his head, neck and face.

The extent of his injuries are understood to be extremely serious.

Known

Love Lane in Castlecomer was sealed off by gardai in connection with stabbing incident this weekend
Love Lane in Castlecomer was sealed off by gardai in connection with stabbing incident this weekend

Originally from the nearby townland of Doonane in Co Carlow, he is well known in Castlecomer.

Members of the Garda technical bureau yesterday examined the scene and took away several bags of items which will be forensically examined.

Bloodstains could be seen on a door at the scene in Love Lane, where it is believed Mr Hennessy tried to get help after the attack at around 7pm.

Three men - two in their 30s and one in his 40s - were arrested and were last night being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Kilkenny garda station.

The three men were released without charge, gardaí confirmed on Monday morning, and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

One of the men was previously questioned by gardaí as part of the investigation into the fatal stabbing of Kieran Monahan on Valentine's Day in 2012.

Mr Monahan (21) was discovered with fatal knife injuries outside a property in Kilkenny city.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene after he was discovered clutching a bloody knife.

However a decision was made not to prosecute after the suspect claimed he was defending his home under the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011.

A second man, a close friend of the victim, was also questioned as part of that investigation.

A source revealed that this man has now been arrested in connection with the attack on Mr Hennessy.

Shock

In relation to Saturday's attack on Mr Hennessy, neighbours on Love Lane said they were shocked at what had happened.

"There's rented accommodation in a building down the lane and it either happened there or outside it," one man said.

"When gardaí and ambulance arrived we could see the man lying on the street.

"It's shocking."

The victim was brought by ambulance to St Luke's Hospital, where he was described last night as being in a critical condition.

A Garda spokesperson said they wished to appeal for witnesses who may have been in the Love Lane area of Castlecomer on Saturday evening between 5pm and 7pm to contact them.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Kilkenny garda station on 056-7775000.

They can also contact the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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