Man is charged after teenager left for dead in Newry knife attack
A 24-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenager was left for dead following a stabbing in Newry.
Paul Giles was left fighting for his life after the knife attack close to his home on Edward Street in the city shortly before 9pm on Friday.
It is believed the 19-year-old victim was walking towards his home when his assailant ran from a house and attacked him.
The teenager was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital, but was transferred to Craigavon Area Hospital early on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for the Southern Trust said that the teenager is now in a stable condition but his injuries were initially treated as critical.
SDLP councillor Frank Feely said the attack was worrying as it happened close to a bus service and busy nightclub area.
"I was very sorry to hear of the stabbing incident and that it happened in Newry because we have a very good record of no serious violence here," he said.
"It's very concerning because this stabbing happened close to the bus service which people use from all over.
"People come up from the South to here and from all over the North too.
"It is near the nightclubs which is particularly worrying because it happened on a Friday night when it would be busy."
Mr Feely said he wanted to offer his sympathy to the victim's family and expressed his hope that he makes a full recovery.
"Newry in general has been a very peaceful place and this serious incident is very unfortunate. I'm glad that someone has been arrested over this stabbing and hope this will be the last serious incident in Newry.
"There are always people out to cause trouble," he said. "Newry people are very welcoming and have enjoyed a long period of peacefulness over the last few years.
"I want to congratulate the PSNI for their speedy actions and hope that the right person is convicted for this."
The man arrested by police faces charges at Newry Magistrates Court of attempted murder and possession of a knife in a public place.
All charges are being reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.
The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact CID in Ardmore on 0845 600 8000 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.