Limerick knife attack victim recovers in hospital

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

THE perpetrators of a knife attack on a good samaritan who offered assistance to a woman and a baby have been described as “terribly, terribly evil” by the victim’s father who said the vicious assault on his 30-year-old son was “beyond comprehension”.

THE perpetrators of a knife attack on a good samaritan who offered assistance to a woman and a baby have been described as “terribly, terribly evil” by the victim’s father who said the vicious assault on his 30-year-old son was “beyond comprehension”.

THE perpetrators of a knife attack on a good samaritan who offered assistance to a woman and a baby have been described as “terribly, terribly evil” by the victim’s father who said the vicious assault on his 30-year-old son was “beyond comprehension”.

Brian Gleeson is recovering at the Mid Western Regional Hospital from the stab wounds inflicted on him by an assailant who entered his home on Mary Street in the early hours of last Friday morning, and set the property ablaze.

The chief suspect in the attack was arrested on Friday afternoon and taken to Henry Street Garda Station for questioning. The 22-year-old was released without charge yesterday, and gardai are sending a file to the DPP. A woman, also in her twenties, who was being detained at Roxboro Garda Station on suspicion of withholding information has also been released without charge.

“I think they were terribly, terribly evil and I just can’t understand it,” said Martin Gleeson about his son’s attackers.

“It’s beyond comprehension. Our lives have been very much removed from that type of thing so it’s amazing that people could be so vicious.”

Brian Gleeson, who works as a manager at Ladbroke’s bookmakers in Johnsgate, heard a disturbance at around 1.30am outside his house, which he had only recently made his home, and he went to investigate.

He discovered a group of people, including a woman and a baby, trying to gain access to a nearby property.

He kindly allowed the woman into his house to tend to the infant but was later set upon by a man who entered his house and stabbed him repeatedly.

His attacker then set fire to a couch in the sitting room, leaving Mr Gleeson to stagger from his home only to collapse a short distance away. Fire fighters from Limerick Fire Service came upon the injured man as they arrived at the scene to fight the blaze that had engulfed the house on Mary Street.

Mr Gleeson, who is originally from North Circular Road, was stabbed in the face, stomach, shoulder and leg during the ordeal.

“The wound in his abdomen was quite deep and that was the dangerous one. It was very, very sore,” Mr Gleeson’s father told the Limerick Leader. Mr Gleeson said he and his wife, Carmel, as well as their daughter and three other sons are very upset by what happened. “We’re all feeling very bad, it’s very unpleasant. He’s very disappointed that the house that he went into was burnt because he was very delighted to get a house for himself, and it’s adjacent to where he works. It’s unlikely that he will be going back there because they gutted the place.”

The family have been reluctant to ask Brian about the details of his ordeal.

“Up to a point [we’ve asked him questions] but I didn’t want to be talking about it too much. He’s not traumatised, in so far as he’s willing to talk to us, but I didn’t want to be asking him questions because it is not a very pleasant story.”

Their son could barely talk when they first saw him in hospital on Friday but he continues to recover and is “very much improved”.

“He was still in bed on Saturday, still very sore but he was talking and he looked a lot better apart from his eye which had gone from black to purple,” his father said.

Yesterday, he was walking with the assistance of a walking frame “so he is healing fairly quickly”.

Meanwhile, local man, Tom Keogh told the Limerick Leader, he was sad to hear what happened Mr Gleeson and questioned why a young woman was out so late with a baby. He said the neighbourhood is normally quiet “but you wouldn’t be surprised at anything now”.

Josef Okel, originally from Slovakia, who has been living locally for two years said it was the first time he was aware an incident of this nature happening in the area. He said at night, “it can be dangerous” but by day “there are no problems”.