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Cops believe member of knife attack gang may be hiding out in Ireland

William Toohey
William Toohey

Police in the UK believe that a man convicted for his role in a vicious gang knife attack may be hiding out in Ireland.

William Toohey, was one of five men convicted in  Exeter Crown Court of the gang knife attack on a young man, leaving him for dead with 15 stab wounds.

Reports in local UK media say that while four others pleaded guilty Toohey pleaded not guilty and was bailed to return to his home in Liverpool awaiting trial.

Yesterday, Toohey, with an address at Tara Park, Liverpool, was found guilty in his absence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

After Judge Mr Justice Sweeney delivered his verdict, he issued a warrant for Toohey's arrest and said that police were still searching for him.

The 19-year-old was born in Ireland and police in the UK believe he may have fled here to lie low.

However, a garda spokesperson confirmed to the Sunday World this morning that they had yet to be asked to assist in the hunt for Toohey.

The stabbing victim, a 20-year-old named Conor Cain, almost died from his injuries.

During the trial prosecution QC Simon Laws said a drug feud between rival dealers from Liverpool and London led to the attack.