A PENSIONER arrested in connection with a stabbing incident in a County Limerick pub on Friday evening has been released from Garda custody.
The 45-year-old victim of the knife attack, which occurred at Devane’s pub in Hospital shortly after 6pm, has been named locally as Willie O’Brien.
Mr O’Brien, a painter-decorator by profession and from the Kilmallock area, sustained a number of stab wounds, including to the abdomen, in the incident.
He was being treated this Sunday at the intensive care unit of the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where his condition is described as critical but stable.
Gardai in Bruff arrested a 77-year-old man from the local area on Friday evening. He was released without charge on Saturday and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Officers declined to comment on reports from local sources that the two men had had an argument over a bet in the hours prior to the stabbing attack.
Separately, gardai at Bruff are investigating a violent break-in at a house in Cappamore during which the occupant was tied to a radiator by three armed and masked raiders.
The incident took place at Killuragh at around 10pm on Friday night. All of the gang wore balaclavas and arrived at the property with a sledgehammer.
The occupant of the house, a man in his 20s, escaped serious injury during the incident but his jeep, a silver BMW with registration number 00 WW 1000, was stolen as the gang made their getaway.
Gardai in Bruff are appealing for information on 061 382940.