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Thursday 14 December 2017

Do these men hold key to street stabbing probe?

GARDAI believe that these two men have crucial information about a savage knife attack which almost resulted in the murder of a Dublin man.

The shocking stabbing happened on Dame Street at 4am on December 29 last and led to the innocent victim being stabbed in the neck with a large knife.

The suspects in the case spoke with Dublin accents but gardai have so far been unable to identify them.

Our exclusive CCTV image shows two men who gardai would like to talk to about the attack.

The victim - a 23-year-old man from Castleknock in north Dublin -- lost a huge amount of blood and he required extensive hospital treatment after the attack but is now making a good recovery.

Sources say that he is "extremely lucky to be alive" as the knife just missed an artery in the attack.



ARGUMENT



The shocking incident kicked off when two of the victim's friends flagged down a taxi on the busy street near the Olympia Theatre and got into it on the morning in question.

However, the suspects also got into the taxi and an argument started in the car which spilled out onto the street.

The victim -- who had never been in the taxi -- then became embroiled in the altercation as his friends were being attacked.

It is at this stage that he was stabbed in the neck with a large knife.

The suspects then escaped the scene on foot and have yet to be arrested.

A source explained: "This was a particularly savage attack which happened in the early hours of a Thursday morning during Christmas week.



BLAMELESS



"The young man who was attacked was entirely blameless and required life-saving treatment at St James' Hospital.

"Gardai are very anxious to solve this crime and believe the two men in the photograph may have important information about it."

Gardai from Pearse Street Garda Station are investigating the assault.

Anyone with any information is asked to call them at 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.

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