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Friday 23 March 2018

Young man critical in hospital after serious assault with iron bar

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN young man is in critical condition in hospital after a brutal attack in which he was struck with an iron bar.

The man, who is in his 20s, was injured during an incident at a house on Blarney Street not far from Cork city centre in the early hours of this morning.

The young man was found with serious head injuries and was rushed by ambulance to CUH.

His condition is described as critical but stable.

It is understood the next 24 hours will be critical for the young man, who is understood to be from eastern Europe.

Gardai attended the scene and, with the support of members of the Regional Support Unit (RSU), detained another man in his 20s a short distance away.

He is also understood to be an East European national.

The man was arrested and taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station for questioning.

He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be questioned for an initial period of 12 hours.

However, this detention period can be further extended if required.

Uniformed gardai began door-to-door inquiries throughout the Blarney Street area amid reports some people had heard sounds of a row and disturbance in the minutes before the assault.

The property has been sealed off to allow for a full forensic examination by Garda Technical Bureau experts.

A large iron bar found at the property was seized by gardai and will now undergo a detailed forensic examination.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to contact them.

Locals expressed shock at the incident in what is described as a quiet, residential area.

The property involved is understood to have been rented by four people.

Two of the four are the East European men.

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