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Man stabbed after helping woman

A GOOD Samaritan was viciously assaulted and stabbed repeatedly at his home after he attempted to offer assistance to a woman holding a baby.

Speaking yesterday, the father of Brian Gleeson (30) revealed that his son moved into the small house just less than a month ago to be nearer to work.

Martin Gleeson said: "I thought it was a safe house, but somebody clearly had other intent."

Brian Gleeson's home in Limerick city was set alight by his assailants yesterday morning as he staggered from the area looking for assistance following the attack.

Gardai were last night interviewing one of the prime suspects who cruelly assaulted the betting shop manager.

It is understood that the culprits were drugs addicts and had an infant with them when Mr Gleeson was stabbed.

One of the suspected culprits is a 22-year-old man who is well known to the gardai and the courts. He was arrested yesterday afternoon along with another woman in her 20s.

In the early hours of yesterday morning, it is believed that the victim heard noises outside his home and went out to investigate.

hnews@herald.ie