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'One of the most shocking things I've witnessed' - Gardaí say after stabbing of teenager filmed

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GARDAÍ expressed horror after youngsters used mobile phones to video the beating and stabbing of a 17 year old boy in Cork with a broken bottle in a row over a phone.

The attack occurred in the Waterpark area of Carrigaline shortly after
10.30pm on Saturday night.

Locals said a large group of teens were "rampaging out of control"
when the vicious assault occurred.

Gardaí are now investigating both the vicious attack and the recording
of it by teens in a large group who watched the assault but refused to
go to the aid of the victim.

Despite the injured teen lying prone on the ground covered in blood,
one male teen repeatedly tries to use his phone for a close-up
recording of the victim's face.

When he is chastised by a female teen present and urged to leave the
victim alone, he loudly challenges her and demands that another person
move so he can continue recording the victim.

Footage also shows repeated attempts to stab and kick the victim
despite the fact he is already prone and helpless on the ground.

One scene shows the victim's clothing being pulled up in an attempt to
expose his back for further stabbing attacks.

"It is one of the most shocking things I have ever witnessed," one
veteran garda said.

"The behaviour of some of those present can only be described as disgusting."

Several teens have been identified from the footage as well as the
male teen who made the recording.

The 17 year old victim was beaten and stabbed multiple times in the
back and sides during the incident with a broken bottle.

It is understood the violent attack was sparked by a dispute over a
mobile phone.

The victim was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by ambulance, he has since been released.

One garda said he was incredibly lucky to have avoided
life-threatening injuries.

It is as yet unclear whether the teen will require plastic surgery for
some of his injuries.

A large number of teenagers are reported to have been in the area at
the time - with several attempting to leave the area by bus after the
assault.

A second teenager - who is believed to live locally - was arrested in
the area a short time later.

He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and
is being questioned at Togher Garda Station.

Gardaí have renewed their appeal for any witnesses to this incident and for any
persons with information to come forward.

Inquiries are underway into whether several of those known to be
present at this incident may be linked to other incidents of
anti-social behaviour in Carrigaline, Rochestown and Douglas over
recent days.

Gardaí are also appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time to make this footage available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on
(021) 4947120, the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666111 or any
Garda Station.

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