A boy was hospitalised in Ireland last night after a brutal stabbing. Video of the attack has been circulating online.
The incident took place at approximately 10:25 last night in the Waterpark area of Carrigaline, in County Cork. The boy was apparently out with friends in a park when another group of people tried to steal his mobile phone. A fight ensued, and the boy was injured with a broken bottle, according to a report by The Irish Times.
Neither the assailant’s nor the victim’s identifies have been established, but reports say that the victim is 17 and the attacker was a boy in his teens.
In the video, a man of a dark complexion can be seen stabbing the light-skinned boy several times. The boy is already bleeding and lying motionless on the ground. The attacker finally stops stabbing at the urging of bystanders. The boy appears to be severely injured.
A young black man can also be seen briefly at the beginning of the video, but since it is daylight in the shot it couldn’t have been taken at the same time as the attack. Therefore it is not known if the man seen in the shot was involved in the incident.
Ten police units were despatched to the scene and personnel from the Armed Support Unit rushed to the scene, and the boy was given First Aid. Police reports say that the boy was then taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where he underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds. As of this morning he was in stable condition.
The Gardaí, the Irish police, arrested four teenagers. Three were released without being charged, but the fourth, another boy in his teens, is being held at the police station in Cork for questioning.
The Gardaí have said that an investigation into the attack is underway. The scene of the attack was cordoned off and a forensics unit undertook an examination of the area. They also confiscated a broken bottle which is believed to have been the one used in the attack.
Police have also asked for any witnesses to the attack or with any other relevant information to contact them as part of their investigation. They specified that anyone with video footage of the incident should make it available to officers. Anyone who can help is being asked to contact Togher Garda Station at 021 4947120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.
Crime has been rising significantly in Ireland in recent years. in April, a man of Middle Eastern descent was charged in the murder of an Irish student, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.