Teen undergoes emergency surgery after stabbing attack
A TEENAGER who was stabbed a number of times in an attack underwent emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
Henry Newham (17) was seriously injured in the stabbing at Railway Walk in Westport, Co Mayo. He was rushed to hospital where doctors were forced to remove his spleen as a result of the attack on Saturday night. Three men in their late teens were arrested in relation to the incident.
Last night one of the teens was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.
The young Rice College student is now in a stable condition and it is hoped he will make a full recovery.
"The doctors say he is going to be okay but it was touch and go for a while. If it hadn't been for the emergency response unit who were on the scene so quickly he could have died," said one local man.
Locals spoke of their shock at the attack on the young hurling player yesterday. The student had been a member of the Westport under-16 hurling team and also played for Rice College.
"He is a lovely young guy, from a lovely family. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He didn't know these guys. They are an outside element who only arrived in the town earlier that day," said another local.
The student's parents, Ian and Calli, have been by his bedside at Mayo General Hospital. The family had lived in the UK but moved to Westport in 2001.
"The whole town feels so sorry for the Newhams. They are a lovely family and Henry is a lovely young lad. Thank God he will survive but he will have to live with this for the rest of his life," one local said.
The attack happened at around 11pm on Saturday night. Gardai later arrested three men in their late teens in relation to the incident. They were taken to Westport garda station and were questioned under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. One of the men questioned is understood to have been in HSE care but had gone missing recently.
Gardai are now appealing for witnesses to the assault. A technical examination of the scene was carried out yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westport garda station on 098-50230 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.