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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man (27) dies in hospital after violent attack in Navan

Cllr Wayne Forde, at the scene on Tailteann Road, Navan, where a 26-year-old man stabbed
Cllr Wayne Forde, at the scene on Tailteann Road, Navan, where a 26-year-old man stabbed

A man attacked by two men in a vicious assault in Navan died in hospital yesterday.

Christopher Nevin (27) was stabbed repeatedly and struck with a weapon which may have been a hatchet or a machete.

He was assaulted after he was approached by men as he stood outside a house on Tailteann Road, Windtown, Navan, on Thursday afternoon.

Blood

They fled the scene in a silver-coloured car, leaving their victim lying in a pool of blood.

Paramedics immediately began working to save his life as he lay bleeding on the pavement. It is understood he went into cardiac arrest but emergency workers managed to resuscitate him before rushing him to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. He died yesterday afternoon and a post-mortem examination will take place at the hospital today.

Gardai investigating the killing appealed for assistance from witnesses or anyone who may have information to contact them on 046 9079930, or the Garda Confidential Line.

The killers drove off in the direction of the town centre around 2.15pm. Local people said the victim was a married man and a member of the Travelling community in the town.

Violence

Navan's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wayne Forde (inset), said last night that locals were shocked and saddened by the violent death of Mr Nevin. He called for an increased garda presence in the town and said people feared his death could trigger further violence in the area.

Local residents said they were horrified when they saw the victim lying on a footpath, bleeding heavily.

"I looked out my window and saw ambulance men trying to resuscitate the man who was lying down. I saw blood - it was really shocking. There were a lot of gardai in the street," said local woman Irene Johnson (56).

"The paramedics were working on him for a long time and I thought he was dead. They put an oxygen mask on his face and were using a drip. When they put him on a stretcher and in the ambulance, they continued to work on him.

"I have been praying for him, and my family have been praying for him," she said.

A number of other women living in the vicinity said it was a quiet neighbourhood and expressed their shock at the violent attack.

A number of gardai remained at the scene yesterday as officers continued their investigation into the fatal assault.

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