A criminal who was shot in both legs in a punishment style attack in August has been stabbed in the back in a separate attack.
Tiernan Stokes (24) is recovering from his latest injuries after he was stabbed during a bonfire at a green area of the Oldcourt housing estate in Bray, Co Wicklow, on Halloween night.
The stab attack happened in an area close to where he was shot in the calves of his legs in the People's Park, Bray, in broad daylight on a Thursday evening in August.
It is understood that Stokes is still using a set of crutches after the gun attack. Gardai have not made arrests since the shooting.
Last Friday night, he was stabbed four times in the back while he attended the bonfire and collapsed on the ground.
His attacker then fled the scene on foot and gardai believe that Stokes had been in a row shortly before he was stabbed.
A senior source pointed out that officers do not believe there is a link between the shooting and stabbing.
"These are two separate incidents, carried out by different people," a source told the Herald.
"Mr Stokes is clearly running into the bother with different groups of people and he needs to be very careful," they added.
He did not make a complaint to gardai about the stabbing and does not want to co-operate with the investigation.
Stokes was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a number of days for the four stab wounds which inflicted minor damage to his kidney, lungs and liver.
The criminal remains defiant however and posted on his Facebook site on Sunday evening that he was "on the mend" and described his attacker as a "scumbag stabbing me from behind".
Gardai believe that a dangerous gang from Bray were involved in the separate shooting attack on Stokes after he got in a row with junior members of that mob whose leader is a notorious killer.
The incident took place on open ground in the park where families were walking with their children and a local football team were preparing to play.