Man sliced in throat in Dublin inner-city blade attack
A 20-year-old man was being treated in hospital last night after being slashed in the throat in a Stanley blade attack in the capital.
It happened on Saint Augustine Street in the south inner city at around 8.45pm on Sunday.
Sources said the victim and two teenagers – an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl – had been together in the Thomas Street area before the incident happened.
“The three had been with each other earlier in the evening and it appears they had been on friendly terms,” the source said.
“Then some form of a row happened and the 18-year-old male pulled a Stanley blade on the 20-year-old and he ended up getting a very serious injury to his throat.
“It seems the 18-year-old was completely off his head on drugs and had possibly intended to slash the victim in the face but instead ended up causing him a serious injury to the throat.”
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the victim was taken to St James’s Hospital, where his condition was described yesterday as stable.
Gardaí said the victim is “lucky to be alive”.
The two teenagers had fled the scene by the time officers arrived, but colleagues from Kevin Street garda station arrested them at a location in the south inner city in the early hours of yesterday during follow-up searches and they were questioned throughout yesterday.
“This was a particularly nasty incident and there is no doubt that the use of drugs played a huge part in what happened,” the source said.
The location of the attack has been plagued by drug dealing in recent years.
None of the three people involved in the slash attack are understood to have links to organised crime.
The Herald previously revealed that gardaí in the south inner city have established that more than half-a-dozen young boys, aged from 10 to 12, are dealing crack cocaine, heroin and other substances for a mob linked to the Kinahan cartel.
The dealing is being organised by criminal networks with long-standing connections to the cartel.
Gardaí have been involved in an investigation in relation to the thugs after several people who owed them cash were assaulted last year in separate incidents.
A car believed to be owned by a garda was set on fire in Dublin last night.
It happened outside the Bridewell Garda station on Chancery Street at around 10:30pm.
Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and the blaze was put out.
Officers say they are investigating all circumstances surrounding the criminal damage.
“Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the criminal damage of a car by fire which occurred on Chancery Street, Dublin 7 last night at approximately 10.30pm,” a garda spokesperson said.
“The vehicle has been removed for technical examination. Enquiries are currently ongoing.”