A BITTER feud may have led to a double stabbing which has left one man fighting for his life and another badly injured.
Gardaí investigating the incident in Ballincollig in Cork on Sunday night declined to comment on local speculation yesterday. But Supt Con Cadogan, who is leading the investigation, confirmed that both victims know each other, that several more people were involved in the incident, and that a possible feud is one of several avenues being investigated.
“We are aware that both injured parties are known to each other,” he said. “I would appeal to the public for help because we want to get to the root of what caused this very serious incident.”
A 25-year-old man from north Cork suffered multiple stab wounds to the stomach and chest in the incident in the Innishmore Grove area of Innishmore estate, on the west side of Ballincollig, just before midnight on Sunday. He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) in a critical condition. His condition was described last night as stable and he is expected to survive.
A 21-year-old man who lives in Innishmore and who also suffered stab wounds was also treated in CUH where his condition was described as comfortable.
Both men received stab wounds after a row broke out at a house in Innishmore Grove. It is understood the 21-year-old called to a house in which the 25-year-old was visiting relatives. A row ensued and spilled on to a fenced green area in front of the house.
Gardaí were called to the scene at 11.30pm and found two men with stab wounds lying at opposite sides of the green. Ambulance crews rushed both to CUH.
The green was sealed off by forensic experts yesterday and door-to-door enquiries began around lunchtime.
Blood stains were evident on the footpath and on the railings around the green.
Supt Cadogan appealed to the public for help identifying people involved in the incident.
“I would appeal in particular to the people of Innishmore estate, if they witnessed anything or are aware of anything that happened before these two very serious assaults, to contact us at Ballincollig Garda Station on 021-4871222,” he said.
He also appealed for help tracing any weapons that may have been used in the incident, and that may have been discarded locally.
Forensic experts recovered several items from the scene. It is understood those items include a knife and a wheel brace with a sharpened end.
One neighbour, who lives facing the green and who asked not to be named, said people are shocked.
“It’s been very quite in this area for a while. People just hope the two involved recover,” she said.
Local Fine Gael TD Michael Creed said the incident highlights for need for a 24/7 Garda station in the town.
Plans to build a new district headquarters in Ballincollig have been stalled because of the collapse in the State’s finances.
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