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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Polish man in intensive care after knife attack

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A POLISH man remained in intensive care last night after he was knifed in the stairwell of an apartment complex.

The 21-year-old was stabbed once after a dispute in the Lower New Street Apartments in Kilkenny city at around 9pm on Wednesday.

Gardai arrested two Irish men and an Irish woman shortly after the attack.

Gda Supt Mick Nevin, who is leading the investigation, said three Irish people, all in their 20s, were arrested in the vicinity of the apartments shortly after the attack. They are being held at garda stations in Kilkenny and Thomastown.

Supt Nevin said gardai were anxious to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the attack or to people who were near the cinema at the Fairgreen on Wednesday evening.

Kilkenny councillor Andrew McGuinness expressed shock at the attack, which he described as a "rare event" in the tourist hotspot.

The stabbing comes in the wake of the mugging of an elderly woman outside St John's Church in Kilkenny at the weekend.

The 80-year-old suffered a fractured hip in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Kilkenny gardai on 056 777 5000.

Irish Independent

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