Brian Kelly, a 23-year-old South Dubliner, is in a stable condition following the unprovoked attack, but he only narrowly escaped death as the wound to his neck was just a fraction away from his jugular vein.
His father, George, said: “It was touch and go at one stage because the surgeon that operated on him told me that it was only a fraction away from the jugular and there was nothing they could do if that was the case. There is one major stab wound which is very deep. As the doctor said it was so deep it was an attempt to murder him ... to see him down in the hospital there with the tubes and everything, it’s terrible, it’s heart-breaking. I am cracking up over it.”
Gardaí are waiting to interview the young man as he was unable to speak and heavily sedated following an early morning operation yesterday. Superintendent John Manley, of Crumlin Garda Station, said they were trying to establish exactly what happened in the car park off the Walkinstown Road around 8.30pm on Wednesday night.
Supt Manley said most of the witnesses came on the scene after the event, but he was appealing to anyone who may have information to come forward. Mr Kelly said his son left the family home in Kilnamanagh around 8pm. He was driving his recently bought car and was on his way to a friend’s house to pick up parts.
“He went to go to the pass machine to get money for the parts and he stopped at the Bank of Ireland. I do not know what happened after that After he was stabbed, Brian staggered towards the main road before collapsing. Customers coming from a pub across the road, the Halfway House, spotted him and called an ambulance.
It is thought the thief or thieves stole the keys of Brian’s car, the young man’s pride and joy. Gardaí have appealed to people to keep their eyes open for the silver 1999 Dublin registered silver Ford Focus.