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Teen hurt in BBQ stabbing home

A TEENAGER who was one of five people stabbed in a frenzied attack at barbecue has finally been allowed out of hospital.

Top student Lee Harte (18) was at the birthday party of pal Jamie Tonner in Deerpark Avenue, Kiltipper when he and four others were set upon in the early hours of October 9.

Lee was rushed to hospital where he was treated for several days in intensive care.

However, his delighted mother Nicola Murphy told the Herald today that her son is home and doing well.

"He's recovering here now, and still has a drain coming from his liver," she explained from her Donomore Park home.

"We're just so glad to have him back, although he is still in a good bit of pain, but at least he is here with us now," she said.

"We're all still shaken by the whole thing, and now Lee is trying to getting back moving on his own but it will take time."

Jamie, his dad James, as well as pals Kurtis Lennon, Stephen Keogh and Lee were all attacked viciously with a knife by a man who had been waiting outside the house.

The suspect was finally overpowered by partygoers before gardai arrived at the scene.

The alleged attacker was treated in hospital for head injuries. He was later arrested and released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP on the matter.

It is believed the attack stemmed from noise allegedly coming from the Tonner's party.

When gardai arrived at the scene they feared that two of the stabbing victims would die due to the amount of blood.

Jamie Tonner, Stephen Keogh and Kurtis Lennon all received treatment and were quickly removed from the danger list.

But Jamie's father James and Lee received serious injuries.

James Tonner had to have part of his bowel removed in emergency surgery.

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