Friday 23 February 2018

Prime suspect arrested in probe into Jonny Cooper stabbing attack

Jonny Cooper was the victim of a vicious stabbing in Dublin
Jonny Cooper was the victim of a vicious stabbing in Dublin

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Gardai investigating the frenzied stabbing attack on Dublin GAA star, Jonny Cooper arrested the prime suspect this afternoon.

The man, who is from the West of Ireland, was taken out of Cloverhill prison in west Dublin by investigating officers and brought to Mountjoy garda station for questioning.

The suspect is being held in Cloverhill in relation to a separate offence.

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He was arrested under section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1999, and can be held in Mountjoy without charge for up to 24 hours.

The arrest followed a close study of footage taken from CCTV cameras in the Dorset Street area of the city, where Mr Cooper was attacked last Saturday week.

Forensic examinations were also carried out and investigators said help from the public had been of valuable assistance to them.

They said they were pleased with the response to their plea for help on the RTE CrimeCall programme a week ago.

Read more: Stabbed Dublin football star 'humbled' by outpouring of support 

The 24-year-old footballer was slashed nine times in the head, face and neck as he crouched down to protect himself.

A still image of Jonny Cooper's attacker
A still image of Jonny Cooper's attacker

Mr Cooper had been on a night out with friends at Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Harcourt Street, Dublin, after his club, Na Fianna, had played in the Dublin championship on Friday night week.

He was on his way home at around 5am the following morning and was sitting on steps outside a house in Dorset Street when his attacker ran across the road, and began stabbing him and demanding his wallet.

The thug then ran off with the wallet, which contained very little money.

Read more: Stabbed GAA star may be permanently scarred 

Gardai said all of the available evidence indicated that robbery was the sole motive but they were shocked by the sustained violence of the stabbing.

Officers were anxious for an early arrest as they feared that the attacker could strike again.

Jonny Cooper
Jonny Cooper

Mr Cooper was hospitalised as a result of the assault but was allowed home after treatment.

He is now recovering from his injuries.

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