A YOUNG man is recovering in hospital, following a near-fatal stabbing in Mountmellick at the weekend.
The 22-year-old Latvian national was listed as critical when he was taken to the Tullamore Regional Hospital last Friday (December 23), after receiving a number of serious stab wounds to his abdomen. The attack occurred at around 8.40pm outside an apartment block on College Avenue in Mountmellick, after the injured party happened upon an altercation between two groups of men. Garda Detective Inspector Aidan Boyle confirmed to the Leinster Express that the victim was not involved in the altercation, which took place between a group of men from the local area and a group of men from Dublin. It is believed that the injured party may have intervened in the dispute, or spoken to one of the groups, which led to him being attacked and sustaining several stab wounds. Although initially listed as critical, the young man is now out of danger and is recovering from his injuries.
There were a number of witnesses at the scene and gardaí conducted a full forensic examination of the area, with a definite line of investigation now being taken. However, Det Insp Boyle is still appealing to anyone with any information to contact the local station. In particular, the gardai are seeking assistance in tracking down a blue-coloured Nissan Almera belonging to one of the groups involved in the altercation. It is believed that one group was drinking in the area when the other arrived in the Almera and words were exchanged, leading to a disagreement. The vehicle would have been in the vicinity of College Avenue both prior to and after the incident at 8.40pm and anyone with any information should contact the Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 74100.