Young man left critical after night of street violence
A young man with serious head injuries is fighting for his life after a night of violence in which gardaí received separate calls regarding a serious assault, a stabbing, a robbery and serious anti-social behaviour.
The 22-year-old suffered "devastating" injuries in a vicious assault in Galway city involving a group of up to eight people. It remains unclear what provoked the attack, which occurred outside a fast-food restaurant on Shop Street.
A group of youths, all of similar age, became involved in an altercation. The victim was viciously assaulted and fell to the ground, hitting his head off the concrete.
He was unconscious when gardaí and ambulance teams arrived at approximately 3.30am yesterday.
The victim, who is believed to be from the city, was rushed to University Hospital Galway, where his condition was last night described as critical.
It is understood that he underwent an emergency operation to relieve pressure on the brain.
Gardaí have appealed for information from anyone who was on Shop Street between 3.20am and 3.40am.
Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating a number of other incidents in Galway city, including a stabbing and a robbery, between the hours of 2am and 3am.
At approximately 2.15am, a 38-year-old man reported to gardaí that he had been threatened by a man with a knife on the Headford Road.
Soon after, two men in their 30s reported they had been robbed at knifepoint nearby.
Gardaí were then made aware of an 18-year-old man who had received a stab wound to his stomach.
The stabbing occurred in the Wood Quay area at 2.30am, approximately 15 minutes after gardaí received the first call.
The victim was taken to University College Hospital, where his condition is described as not life-threatening. A man fitting the description of the suspect was arrested at 3am.