Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man in serious condition after attack by group armed with knives and clubs

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man is in a serious condition after being injured in a Cork assault.

The man, who is understood to be an East European national, was injured when he was attacked along with two others in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Initial reports indicated that the trio were confronted by a number of other men armed with a variety of weapons.

These included knives and clubs.

The confrontation occurred at a property in the Castle Park estate less than 1km from the town centre shortly before 9pm on Tuesday night.

A melee erupted which only ended when the middle-aged East European man was seriously injured.

The other group then apparently fled the scene on foot.

Gardaí were at the scene within minutes and the injured man was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

His injuries - which are understood to include stab wounds and blunt force trauma injuries - were described as serious.

He was expected to undergo emergency surgery on Tuesday night.

The other two men - one of whom is believed to be the injured man's son - sustained multiple non-life threatening injuries.

Both men are also understood to be East European.

Gardaí sealed off the scene pending a full examination by technical bureau experts.

Door to door inquiries began with Gardaí appealing for anyone who may have information on the incident to contact them.

Gardaí will also review CCTV security camera footage from a number of business premises in the general area to determine if anyone fleeing the scene was caught by cameras.

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