Gang slash man in face and stomach in horror knife attack
A 24-year-old man suffered horrific injuries to his face, stomach and buttocks when he was attacked and cut up by a five-man gang who stormed into a house.
The horrific incident happened at a property in the Meadow View estate in Drogheda, Co Louth, at around 6.15pm on Thursday.
A notorious gang, who are suspected of involvement in the savage murder of a man in north Co Dublin last year, are the chief suspects in the case.
Sources have revealed that the victim of the knife attack was previously friendly with the mob but they turned against him last year over an alleged debt.
Since that time, they have been out to get the 24-year-old who is known to gardai and is originally from Co Meath.
As part of the campaign of terror against him, the home of a completely innocent female relative of the man was shot up last year.
The sickening incident on Thursday night is seen as a major escalation in the brutal gang's campaign.
It is understood that Stanley blades were used in the gruesome attack and that the victim lost a huge amount of blood.
He was also badly beaten during the course of the sustained attack, which may have happened when he was set up by someone whom he trusted.
"He is very lucky to be alive and the fact that the injuries he received were not life-threatening is amazing really.
"This man was stabbed multiple times and brought to Our Lady of Lordes Hospital in Drogheda before being transferred to St James' Hospital in Dublin," a source explained.
"It looks likely that he will be scarred for life."
Gardai are treating the incident as an aggravated burglary and it is understood that the victim has refused to co-operate with the investigation.
No arrests have yet been made, but sources say that gardai have a "strong idea" who was behind the attack.
The investigation is being led by detectives from Drogheda Garda Station, who sealed off the scene and carried out a forensic examination.
One of the suspected culprits is facing serious charges before the courts and is considered extremely dangerous.
The victim has a number of previous convictions for public order offences, burglary and car theft and motoring offences.