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Saturday 24 February 2018

Stabbing suspect in five-hour rooftop stand-off with gardai

The man looking like he is about to jump on to the railway line. Photo: Stephen Collins
Trained negotiators move in; then speak to the man, in black jacket, before coaxing him down from the roof in Dublin city.
Trained negotiators move in; then speak to the man, in black jacket, before coaxing him down from the roof in Dublin city.
Trained negotiators move in; then speak to the man, in black jacket, before coaxing him down from the roof in Dublin city.

Mark O'Regan and Ken Foy

A MAN who was involved in a five-hour stand-off with gardai at a hostel had developed an infatuation with a female employee.

The stand-off between gardai and the man began after he was suspected of stabbing a woman in Isaac's Hostel on Frenchman's Lane in Dublin city centre.

Last night the suspect, who is from northern Spain, was receiving psychiatric care while in custody.

His alleged victim -- a Polish woman -- was recovering at home last night after being stabbed in the shoulder during the bizarre incident.

One resident, who was staying in a room next to the woman in the hostel, said he saw blood "splattered everywhere" in the female shower area on the third floor.

"She tried to get away from him by running back to her room," he said.

A senior garda source said the man had been detained under the Mental Health Act after the incident.

"He'll be assessed while in custody at Store Street and if the specialists think it necessary, he will be taken to a psychiatric hospital for further treatment," the source said.

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The Spanish man, an English-language student, had been staying at the hostel for around a fortnight. When gardai tried to arrest him he took refuge on the roof of the building.

The man looking like he is about to jump on to the railway line. Photo: Stephen Collins
The man looking like he is about to jump on to the railway line. Photo: Stephen Collins
A negotiator on the roof of Isaac's near Store Street shake hands with the man (far right). Photo: Steve Humphreys

Trained negotiators were called in shortly after 11am to try and persuade the man, believed to be in his 30s, to give himself up.

The woman was rushed to hospital where she underwent treatment. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

The man remained in an obvious state of alarm on the roof and was seen moving back and forth between TV aerials, making phone calls on his mobile phone and smoking cigarettes.

Scores of shoppers and locals watched in horror as the man, dressed in jeans and glasses, threatened to jump if anybody approached.

The scene is beside Busaras and Connolly Station, and a few hundred metres from O'Connell Street.

Trained negotiators provided the man with a blanket to keep him warm. He eventually gave himself up at about 3.50pm.

As the drama unfolded, extra officers were drafted in from nearby Store Street station as large numbers of people gathered close to the scene.

Residents in the hostel described how, shortly after 11.15am, the man was seen standing at the edge of the roof where he "rocked back and forth" before deciding not to jump.

Gary Menzies, a tourist from Liverpool, said he was awoken from his bed yesterday by three gardai searching for the knife-wielding suspect.

Irish Independent

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