Man stabbed in stomach with Samurai sword during Dublin house party
A YOUNG man is critically ill in hospital after he was slashed across the stomach with a Samurai sword at a house party.
The savage attack took place at the Daletree estate in Firhouse, south county Dublin, early yesterday.
The emergency services were alerted and when local gardai and fire brigade personnel arrived at the scene they found the victim lying in a pool of blood with a gaping wound in his stomach.
The 21-year-old man had lost a lot of blood and was rushed by ambulance to St James' hospital where his condition was described yesterday as critical.
He later underwent emergency surgery there.
Gardai believe the incident arose from a row between two partygoers.
Officers believe a large group had earlier attended a party in a Tallaght hotel and some of them then went to the house in Daletree to continue the festivities. After the row erupted one of those involved produced a Samurai sword and stabbed his victim.
Gardai later arrested a 21-year-old suspect at the scene and he was taken to Tallaght station for questioning.
He was detained throughout yesterday and can be held without charge for up to 24 hours.
During a search of gardens at the rear of the house, gardai recovered a Samurai sword, which they believed was used in the vicious attack.
A ban on Samurai swords was introduced by the Government in September 2009.
Under the legislation, anybody caught in possession of the weapon faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.