Teenager lucky to be alive after being stabbed in the neck while sitting in car
A teenager who was stabbed in the neck while sitting in a car in a Swords housing estate was lucky that one of his major arteries was not severed, according to gardai.
The 18-year-old was in a car at the back of the Cianlea estate beside a large green when the attack occurred last Friday.
The victim was sitting in the car at around 6pm when he was approached by a man, who then stabbed him in the side of the neck, missing a major artery by inches. Gardai believe the attack may be drug-related.
The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where he underwent surgery and gardai have launched an appeal for any witnesses to the incident.
The area was sealed off until the following day as a forensic examination was carried out.
"An 18-year-old was sitting in a car when he was approached by a man he knows," said a senior garda.
"He was stabbed in the side of the neck, although his injuries aren't life-threatening, but it was very close to a major artery," he added.
"The victim was brought to Beaumont and he is still recovering from his injuries. The area was sealed off until Saturday and was technically examined," the garda source explained.
The matter is under investigation by the detective unit, and anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 6664700.
Recently released figures show a total of six assaults causing harm had been reported in the Swords and Malahide area in the first four months of this year, compared to 10 during the same period in 2010.
Last Friday's incident occurred close to where 20-year-old James Joyce was fatally stabbed in the St Cronan's estate, last July.