Thursday 22 February 2018

Man's arm almost severed in late night attack

Luke Byrne

A MAN underwent emergency surgery on his arm after it was almost severed in a vicious attack in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Constantine Florea (35), originally from Romania, was attacked by two men on North Circular Road, at the junction of Goldsmith Street in Dublin at around 1.30am.

It is understood that Mr Florea's arm was almost separated from his shoulder after he was attacked with a meat cleaver or machete. The footpaths were still stained with blood yesterday after gardai had carried out technical examinations.

Mr Florea began to walk to the nearby Mater Hospital after the incident, before being spotted by gardai in a squad car who accompanied him there.

His injuries have been described as "serious" and he is in a critical condition.

Mr Florea was in intensive care at the hospital last night.

In a follow-up investigation, two men aged 27 and 30, were arrested in a nearby flat on North Circular Road and were taken to Store Street garda station. The incident began outside a Spar shop on the road and gardai yesterday collected CCTV footage from the shop and other local businesses.

They are investigating the possibility that the attack was motivated by a minor dispute between the men which then escalated.

Gardai are asking anyone in the general area of the Spar Shop and the junction with Goldsmith Street between 1am and 2am yesterday morning to contact them at Mountjoy station on 01 6668600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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