Friday 22 February 2019

Man fights for life after trying to flee stabbing attack at city apartments

Garda forensic investigators working at the scene
Garda forensic investigators working at the scene

A man who was last night fighting for his life after a frenzied stabbing at an Inchicore apartment was trying to flee his attacker at the time, gardai believe.

Residents in the Parknoe House apartments, which form part of the Tyrone Court complex, say there were blood stains all over the stairs and landings, with the crime scene stretching from the ground floor to the third floor.

"It looks like the man was repeatedly attacked as he ran down the stairs," said one man, who said he heard shouting in the complex at around 6am yesterday.


"There's blood up the walls and down the stairs, and bloodied clothing lying on the first landing."

Two men were stabbed in the attack. One was fighting for his life last night after emergency surgery yesterday morning.

The second man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

They were both treated at the scene by Dublin Fire Brigade personnel before being transferred to St James's Hospital.

The attacker fled the scene, but gardai arrested a man a short time later not far away.

A secondary crime scene was established at the Blackhorse Luas stop nearby, and members of the garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of both scenes.

They could be seen working on several landings and the stairs of Parknoe House. The technicians took away evidence bags, and photographed every detail of the scene.

At the Luas stop, the main focus of garda attention was on the ticket machine and shelter on the side of the platform that is served by the trams travelling in the direction of Tallaght.

The arrested man was taken to Kilmainham Garda Station for questioning.

A motive for the attack is not yet clear and gardai are keeping an open mind.

Local sources said the victims were not Irish, and it is believed the man being questioned is also foreign.

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