Monday 16 July 2018

Youth hospitalised after bloody stabbing attack at Oberstown

The incident happened in the dining area at tea-time yesterday.
The incident happened in the dining area at tea-time yesterday.

Jim Cusack and Robin Schiller

An inmate has suffered a severe stab wound and two staff members were injured in the latest violence at the crisis-hit Oberstown youth detention centre.

The incident happened in the dining area at tea-time yesterday.

It is understood the attacker used a broken cup to stab the other inmate on the left side of his torso and his left arm.

“There was blood everywhere. He [the victim] was cut from the back to the front of his left side across the torso. He stabbed him up under the left arm and then sliced. It was fairly horrific,” a source said.

The injured youth was taken to hospital and the matter was reported to gardai.

It is understood that the staff members who were hurt were also hospitalised but that their injuries were not as serious.

A spokeswoman for Children Minister James Reilly has said that he has requested "a full report into the circumstances of the incident".

"The Department has been informed by Patrick Bergin, Campus Manager, Oberstown Children Detention Campus, that a young person attended hospital last night following an incident involving another young person.

"A number of staff who were involved in managing the incident also received medical attention.

"Everyone who attended has been discharged from hospital.

"The incident has been referred to the Gardai and they are investigating the circumstances.

"The campus is in the process of organising support services for young people and staff and the situation will be kept under review," the spokeswoman said.

The attack follows another incident at the facility in Lusk, north Dublin, in which two female members of staff were attacked last weekend leaving one suffering concussion after being head-butted.

“A female member of staff was accompanying an inmate back to his room when he turned on her and head-butted her,” a source said.


“She suffered concussion and had to receive treatment. A second member of staff, also female, went to her aid and she too was injured in the leg.”

The violent incidents follow the revelation yesterday in the Herald that the one remaining inmate still on the run after a recent break-out has been taunting gardai on social media.

In one image uploaded last week, the teenager poses while gesturing with his middle finger, with the words ‘Straight Outta Oberstown’ superimposed onto the picture.

In another image he is seen socialising with friends, seemingly without a care in the world – despite the fact that gardai are keen to locate his whereabouts and return him to the facility.

Meanwhile, North Dublin residents have become “increasingly worried” over the series of break-outs in recent months.

Labour TD Brendan Ryan has since requested a meeting with Patrick Bergin, Director of the Oberstown campus, to discuss safety concerns.

“I have written to Mr Bergin on behalf of local residents to outline to him the fear that people in the immediate area are now living under.

“Thankfully, nothing has happened as of yet, but the

elderly people in the area are living in fear,” he told the


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