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Suspect in Luas stabbing rushed to hospital in 'critical' condition

Attack: Gardai arrested the suspect at the scene but he has since fallen ill
Attack: Gardai arrested the suspect at the scene but he has since fallen ill

One of the suspected attackers in a horrific stabbing at a Luas stop has been rushed to hospital after falling ill.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) confirmed to the Herald it is investigating the incident. 

The man, who is in his 20s, is believed to have sustained head injuries during the incident on Sunday evening.

He was taken into Garda custody following the attack but has since been transferred to Beaumont Hospital yesterday evening, where he is said to be in 'critical' condition. 

The young man was first taken to St James's Hospital following the incident at the Milltown Luas stop.

He was discharged before being readmitted to hospital when he fell ill. GSOC said he became unwell in custody in Rathmines Garda Station. 

The unnamed suspect was taken into custody by Gardai after being detained at the scene in Milltown by two Luas security personnel.

The incident occurred shortly before 8pm on Sunday as two Special Task Team (STT) personnel intervened in a fight between three young men.

They initially believed the fight was one among friends but soon realised one of the males was being attacked with a knife. He was being stabbed in the neck, leg and back, it was reported. 
As the two security workers tried to intervene they were attacked by the two assailants. The thugs produced a can of pepper spray and temporarily left the two security men blinded. 
One of the attackers then lunged at the security personnel, stabbing one of them in the leg. 
They were, however, able to subdue the two men and detain them until Gardai arrived at the scene. They were arrested at the scene, a Gardai spokesperson confirmed. 
A source told the Herald there were "grave concerns" for the suspect who fell ill in Garda custody.