Man, 28, held as gardaí probe brutal assault

Gardaí investigating a brutal assault which caused severe hand injuries to a young man in Waterford have arrested a 28-year-old.

The victim of the assault, 20-year-old Dean Flynn, was yesterday said to be “recovering well” in Cork University Hospital following lengthy surgery on Tuesday.

Initial reports following the assault at 2.50pm on Monday suggested two of Mr Flynn’s fingers and a thumb were cut off when he was set upon on a green area at Priory Lawn in Waterford City.

A saw-like blade may have been used.

Gardaí would not confirm the nature of Mr Flynn’s injuries, or his prognosis, saying the injuries were “serious” .

Detectives investigating the incident at a shopping area in Ballybeg, just off the Cork Road, spoke to the victim on Tuesday night. Gardaí who conducted door-to-door inquiries are appealing for witnesses.

A man was arrested yesterday morning in Waterford City. He is understood to be local. He can be held for questioning for up to 24 hours under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Gardaí had said the injuries were consistent with a “slash-type” motion.

A car used by the culprits to escape the scene was later found abandoned and was examined by gardaí.


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