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Surgeon's fight to save victim of stab attack

A 32-YEAR-OLD man's liver was so badly damaged by a stab wound that surgeons had to remove the organ, a murder trial has heard.

A liver surgeon was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of a 31-year-old man charged with murdering his wife's cousin and injuring her.

Shahzad Hussain of Woodland Avenue, Mosney, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty to murdering Muhammad Arif on January 7, 2011.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Rashida Bibi Haider (41) and to intentionally or recklessly causing her serious harm on January 6, 2011 at Mr Arif's flat in Fitzwilliam Court, Dyer Street, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Donal Maguire carried out surgery on Mr Arif on January 6, 2011 at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

Mr Maguire testified that Mr Arif had a cardiac arrest on his way to the operating theatre and that his team tried to stabilise him for surgery.

He said he saw a single stab wound running diagonally from the left lobe of the liver to the right, dividing the portal vein.

"The only option was to remove the liver with a view to carrying out a transplant."

MrArif was pronounced dead shortly after 1am on January 7.

The trial had already heard that the deceased, the accused and Ms Haider had lived together for a time in Mr Arif's Drogheda apartment. However, the arranged marriage between Ms Haider and Mr Hussain had begun to fail and both moved out separately.

Ms Haider testified last week that she returned to the flat to collect some things, and stayed the night. She said that her husband arrived the following afternoon and stabbed both her and her cousin.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of nine men and three women.