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Friday 22 September 2017

Teen hunted in near-fatal stab attack

A MANHUNT is under way for a dangerous teenage boy who gardai consider "completely out of control" after a Christmas stab attack that almost resulted in the victim's death.

The Tallaght teenager, who has numerous previous convictions, is wanted for questioning about the stabbing that happened outside an apartment in Mountmellick, Co Laois, at 8.40am on December 23.

The shocking incident unfolded at College Avenue in the midlands town when the crazed teenager turned on an innocent man who tried to break up a fight that the 17-year-old was involved in.

It is understood that the Tallaght youth was involved in a fist fight with two local Travellers when a Latvian man tried to break-up the fight.

The teenager then turned on the Latvian and stabbed him several times with a sharp kitchen knife.

"The Latvian man was completely innocent in all of this -- his big mistake was that he tried to intervene in the fight," a source said.



Fatal

"He almost paid for this mistake with his life -- for 24 hours after the stabbing it looked like gardai would be dealing with a murder but thankfully he has pulled through.

"The victim is still recovering in Tullamore Hospital and he has undergone extensive surgery including having his spleen removed.

"This attack was as near to fatal as you could get."

It is understood that the teenager escaped from the area after the stabbing in a blue Nissan Almera which was being driven by a female friend.

Gardai are desperate to question the teenager, who has strong links to the Brookview area of Tallaght and has been on a serious crime wave for more than a year.

Sources say that the teenager, who has "the rap sheet that you would expect from someone twice his age", is now believed to be based in the Dublin area.

He was spotted by a garda patrol in the Tallaght area late last Thursday night but fled the scene on foot when he saw the officers approaching.

Sources say that the 17-year-old has links to a middle-aged Tallaght criminal who has convictions for extremely serious offences such as sexual assault, larceny and burglary.

kfoy@herald.ie

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