Belfast Telegraph

Gang hunted after stabbing attack

Murder squad detectives are hunting at least four people who chased and stabbed a teenager.

David Byrne, 19, died in hospital after being found with a number of knife wounds in the car park of Emmet Court apartment block in Dublin's Inchicore area on Saturday night.

He was taken to St James' Hospital but doctors were unable to save him.

It is believed Mr Byrne's attackers wore hooded tops and set upon him shortly after 10pm on the Drimnagh side of the Grand Canal near Davitt House, a council housing estate.

He managed to run towards Inchicore and the car park of Emmet Court, where the gang caught up with him. One of the group is believed to have stabbed him.

Superintendent John Gilligan appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack or saw the chase to come forward.

"They chased him along the canal and then into the Emmet Court area where he was stabbed," Mr Gilligan said. "Anyone out there last night would have seen something unusual, this would have been an unusual thing to see four or five young men running fast over the bridge at the canal, into the apartment complex area."

The gang - believed to be aged in their late teens or early 20s - fled the area on foot.

Local TD Joan Collins, of the People Before Profit group, said residents in the Drimnagh and Inchicore area where shocked by the killing of Mr Byrne, who lived in the area.

"It just sounds like another mindless killing," Ms Collins said. "Our thoughts are with the family concerned."

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