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OAP stabbed pal in head in row over Aintree bet

A PENSIONER stabbed a man repeatedly in a pub after the victim failed to put a bet on a horse which won a race at the Aintree Festival.

The 45-year-old victim is recovering from three stab wounds after he was attacked in Devane's pub in Hospital, Co Limerick.

It is believed that the horrific attack took place around 6pm on Friday after the elderly man -- who is 77 years old and had been drinking in the pub -- gave the victim a sum of money to place a bet on a horse running at the Liverpool course.

Both the pensioner and the victim are known to each other and the cash involved is said to be a small amount -- possibly €20.

The pair had been socialising in the same pub in the east Limerick town before the assault.

It is understood that the elderly man handed the sum of money over to the other individual and instructed him to place a bet at a bookmakers on a horse running that day at Aintree.

However, the bet was not placed and the horse subsequently won his race.

Following the race, an altercation took place in the pub and the injured man was stabbed three times -- in the ribs, forehead and to the back of his head.

The assailant left the premises and emergency services were immediately alerted.

The wounded man was brought to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where he was treated throughout the weekend.

His condition was said to be serious initially but stabilised later.

He remained in hospital yesterday where medics were continuing to monitor him.

As part of follow-up investigations, officers from Bruff Garda Station arrested the pensioner on Friday evening.

He was questioned throughout the weekend and was later released without charge.

A file on the assault is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.