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Monday 18 December 2017

Man stabbed and beaten in party attack

St James Hospital
St James Hospital

A 26-year-old man was savagely stabbed and beaten when he was attacked after attending a west-Dublin house party.

The Ballyfermot man, who has a number of previous criminal convictions, lost a huge amount of blood when the incident unfolded in the Croftwood Crescent estate at around 3.30am yesterday

The victim was still being treated at St James's Hospital last night for multiple stab wounds to his back and a serious head injury.

Sources revealed that the man is not co-operating with the gardai and no arrests have been made in the case.

His injuries are described as "serious but not life threatening".

However, the situation could have been much worse for the convicted drug offender if he had not been found on the ground by another local man.

Sources said that gardai and paramedics were confronted with "blood everywhere" when they responded to the violent assault that's believed to have occurred after a house party in the locality.

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No motive for the attack has been established and no suspect has been identified in the case.

The victim previously appeared before Dublin District Court after he was caught with more than €1,000 worth of cocaine in 2009.

However, he denied that he had the drugs for sale instead claiming that he had the cocaine in his possession because he was bored.

Yesterday morning's stab attack victim was a pal of another young man who was stabbed to death when a party turned extremely violent.

James Griffin (26), from nearby Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, died after being stabbed in the neck during the course of a brutal assault at a rave in an industrial unit in O'Casey Avenue, Parkwest, at 4am on Sunday, November 16.

Sources said that a suspect has been identified in the Griffin case but gardai have not tracked him down yet and he is believed to have fled abroad.

Griffin was jumped on by the group, while a number of his friends ran away from the attack. There were hundreds of people in the industrial unit at the time of the attack, which is being treated as murder.

kfoy@herald.ie

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