Female suspect in savage attack on man is released
A WOMAN being questioned by gardai about a savage attack that left a 27-year-old man clinging to life has been released from garda custody.
Wayne Fitzgerald from Ennis, Co Clare, remained in an induced coma with serious head injuries at Cork University Hospital this morning as a major garda investigation into the savage assault continued.
Mr Fitzgerald was one of four people who were in a property at Knockhill on the Ennis Road in Limerick city in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Gardai were alerted to the incident a number of hours later and the badly injured victim was discovered outside an apartment block at 7.50am.
After initially being brought to the University Hospital Limerick, Mr Fitzgerald was transferred to Cork University Hospital where his condition remains critical.
"This unfortunate young man will be very lucky if he pulls through.
"It does not look good for him at all," a source said.
It's understood Mr Fitzgerald lay unconscious for a number of hours before he was found and gardai were alerted.
A 24-year-old woman was arrested at around 10pm on Wednesday as part of the investigation and was taken into custody at Mayorstone Garda Station for questioning in connection with the serious assault.
Gardai are investigating whether the woman acted on her own in the course of the assault. No-one else who was in the property is suspected of any involvement in the incident.
It is understood that no weapon was used in the attack.
"We are conducting house to house enquiries in the Knockhill area. We are also canvassing CCTV footage from the area," a garda spokesman said.
The arrested woman's father is serving a life sentence for a savage attack in which another man was stabbed almost 40 times after the two men had got into a row.
Once jailed, the killer was disciplined by jail bosses for attempting to smuggle cannabis into prison and he has had other disciplinary issues while serving his sentence.
A file on Wednesday's brutal assault will now be prepared for the DPP by gardai.