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Teenager seriously injured in broad-daylight stab attack

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A teenager has been seriously injured in a stabbing incident in Co Kerry.

The assault occurred in a laneway between Caheranne and Kerin's Park estate just off Strand Street in Tralee shortly before 4pm yesterday.

It is understood there was a dispute between three young men that ended when one 19-year-old man suffered apparent stab wounds to the torso. He collapsed at the scene and the alarm was immediately raised by shocked locals.

Gardaí and paramedics raced to the area and the teenager was given emergency treatment at the scene before he was rushed by ambulance to the nearby University Hospital Kerry.

The 19-year-old sustained one serious wound to his torso and several other slash-type injuries.

He was scheduled to undergo emergency surgery last night.

It is understood his condition is serious but stable.

Gardaí immediately sealed off the area to allow for a full examination by technical experts.

Crime scene investigators spent a number of hours at the area collecting evidence and taking photographs, both of the laneway and a scene in the vicinity of a block of houses at Caheranne.

An 18-year-old was arrested a short time later in the Tralee area. He was detained at Tralee garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The young man can be questioned for a period of up to 24 hours.

Suspicious

Officers last night began door-to-door inquiries to determine if anyone witnessed the incident or suspicious activity in the area at the time.

Neighbours in the quiet residential area were shocked by the incident.

They had seen the gardaí arrive, at first thinking it was a Covid-19-related checkpoint, but then realised a serious incident had occurred.

Sergeant Tim O'Keeffe appealed to anyone in the area at the time or for drivers whose vehicles are fitted with dash-cam equipment and who drove past the Kerin's Park or Strand Road areas between 2pm and 4.30pm, to contact Tralee garda station.

Irish Independent