A FORMER star junior boxer was today fighting for his life after suffering a brutal assault during a party in his own home.
Aidan Roche (40) was in a critical but stable condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) in a medically induced coma after he suffered serious head injuries in an attack at Rathcarraig in Fermoy, Co Cork, on Saturday evening.
It is suspected that Mr Roche was struck repeatedly about the head with a heavy implement, such as a frying pan.
Mr Roche boxed for Ireland at junior level in the 1980s and was hailed as one of the best boxing prospects to emerge in Cork over the past 30 years.
However, he quit boxing in his late teens and, over recent years, had been living in a rented property in Rathcarraig in his native north Cork town.
Mr Roche celebrated his 40th birthday a few weeks ago -- and is understood to have had a few people staying with him over the weekend. Neighbours reported hearing a dispute on Saturday evening and paramedics were called to his home shortly after 8pm when a relative discovered him lying injured in the house.
He was rushed by ambulance to CUH and he remained in a critical condition today. Gardai immediately launched an investigation into the incident.
The house was sealed off for a technical examination and door-to-door inquiries were conducted.
A 26-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Fermoy Garda Station. They were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act (1984) and their period of detention has now been extended. Both are from the Coppeen area of west Cork and are understood to have been staying with Mr Roche over the past few days.