Teens from well-known private school questioned over 'barbaric' stabbing
Three teenage students at one of south Dublin’s most prestigious private schools have been questioned about a savage knife attack that left a man with horrific facial injuries.
The incident happened shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve in Dalkey when a row broke out over a teenage girl.
The 26-year-old victim, who is from the Glenageary area of the capital, almost lost an eye and suffered huge blood loss when he was stabbed in the face with a Swiss Army knife.
His suspected attacker, a 17-year-old boy from Killiney, was arrested on Tuesday and questioned at Shankill Garda Station before being released without charge.
Sources say the suspect is a student in one of the country’s best-known private secondary schools, which charges substantial annual fees.
Two 17-year-old boys, who are also believed to attend the same school, have also been questioned by gardai but neither were arrested.
These two boys, who have addresses in Dalkey and Glasthule, are understood to have voluntarily presented themselves for questioning at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station hours after the brutal attack took place. They are not considered suspects.
The Herald can reveal the attack happened in The Metals area, near Dalkey Quarry, when an argument started outside a pub.
It has been alleged that the private school students followed the victim after remarks were made to a young female in their company.
It is understood that at least three of them confronted the victim and demanded he apologise. It is alleged that a 17-year-old produced a Swiss Army knife and stabbed the man in the face.
Gardai were unable to confirm reports that the stabbing had been recorded on a mobile phone.
“It seems that he [the culprit] used the knife in a punching motion and the knife just missed the victim’s eye by a fraction,” a source said.
“The knife was then dragged along the injured man’s face, all the way to his neck. He suffered huge blood loss and terrible injuries to his face. This was a barbaric incident.”
Emergency services were called and the man was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital. He has since been discharged.
At one stage it is believed that medics feared his injuries were critical.
It is understood that the Dart line in the area was sealed off for a time as gardai carried out a detailed forensic examination of the vicinity of the attack.