Sunday 20 October 2019

Series of violent assaults leaves four in hospital

Allison Bray

A SPATE of violent attacks over the Christmas Bank Holiday weekend has left four men in hospital.

In the latest incident, a man was being treated for serious head injuries after he was viciously assaulted in a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal at around 5pm yesterday.

A neighbour described the assault as "particularly vicious".

"The man who was attacked appeared to be in a bad way when he was being taken to the ambulance," he said.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Meanwhile, two men were recovering from stab wounds following separate incidents in Co Sligo yesterday.

A man in his 30s was stabbed around 12.45am yesterday in Collooney, Co Sligo and taken to Sligo General Hospital where his condition was not believed to be life threatening.

A man in his 20s was arrested and was being held at the Sligo garda station.

Another man was also taken to Sligo General Hospital suffering from stab wounds following an incident in Sligo town around 3am yesterday.

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Another man in his 20s who was attacked following an altercation on Friday night remains in hospital. He was seriously injured following the row on Pearse Street in Mullingar, Co Westmeath at 2.40am. Two men and a woman were arrested but released without charge.


Meanwhile, a fishermen in his 40s who suffered serious injuries after a freak accident in Co Donegal is expected to be released from hospital today.

Patrick McGreever was struck by the door of a lorry that blew open in strong winds as he was unloading a boat on the pier at Downings on St Stephen's Day. He was flung on to the deck of a boat about 30 feet below and taken to Letterkenny Hospital.

Irish Independent

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