Sunday 8 December 2019

Man fighting for life in hospital as teenager is arrested over assault

Forensic teams at the scene in Castleisland, Co Kerry
Forensic teams at the scene in Castleisland, Co Kerry

Allison Bray

A teenager was being questioned last night in connection with an alleged assault in Co Kerry that left a young man fighting for his life.

The 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon and then taken to Tralee garda station.

The arrest was made after a man in his 20s had been found by neighbours lying on the footpath near his home at St Stephen's Park in Castleisland, at around 5.30am yesterday.

It is understood that the victim lives with his grandfather.

Gardaí yesterday cordoned off two scenes in the housing estate, including one where the victim was found and the other at his home.

The young man, whose name has not been released, was rushed to University Hospital Tralee.

He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital, where he remained in critical condition last night, according to gardaí.

A Garda spokeswoman appealed for anyone with information or who was in the St Stephen's Park area of Castleisland to contact investigators at Tralee garda station on 066 710 2300.

"A man aged 19 was arrested this afternoon and is currently detained at Tralee garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984," she added.

Irish Independent

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