Garda forensics at scene of stabbing on Fr Russell Road PICTURES: MICHAEL COWHEY
THE TEENAGER who was stabbed in the city this week was heard “screaming for help” before he collapsed and was later to rushed University Hospital Limerick.
Gardai at Roxboro Road are investigating the serious assault in which an 17-year-old male was allegedly stabbed in the back on Fr Russell Road, in Dooradoyle, at around 1am on Thursday.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that no arrests have been made, and gardai continue their probe into the stabbing.
The teenager is believed to be a non-Irish national from the Middle East but living in Limerick city.
The 17-year-old suffered a single stab wound to the back, and his condition was initially treated as critical, but became stable a number of hours later.
It is understood that one line being pursued is that the incident could be in connection with recent tensions in the area.
However, the Limerick Leader understands that the teenager is not associated with criminal activity. It is also understood that the stabbing was not race-related.
According to a source, a male “heard him [the teenager] screaming for help and so ran over and called the ambulance”.
It is understood the teenager was found at the entrance of Gouldavoher estate.
A friend of the 17-year-old said they were shocked to hear of the incident.
“He is a good boy. He has never done anything bad to anyone,” the Leader was told.
Gardai cordoned off a significant portion of the Fr Russell Road area on Thursday morning, including a large green in Gouldavoher and a strip of grass along Fr Russell Road, which were being examined by forensics.
A number of items were being examined at the scene, including a jacket.