Man attacked with hatchet in Navan fighting for his life
A 26-year-old man was fighting for his life last night after he was attacked outside a house in Co Meath.
The incident took place in the Tailteann Road area of Navan at around 2.30pm yesterday.
The Star reports that the victim was hit on the head seven times with a hatchet, while he was also stabbed in the brutal assault.
The emergency services, including ambulances and gardaí, were called to the scene, where the man was found bleeding and had gone into cardiac arrest.
Paramedics immediately began to try to resuscitate the young man and he was rushed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
He was said to be in a serious condition there last night and fighting for his life after "sustaining extensive injuries", a source told the Irish Independent.
It is understood the man was brought straight into the operating theatre upon arrival at the hospital.
Gardaí confirmed they were investigating the incident.
The scene outside the House near Tailteann Road was preserved yesterday to allow for a forensic and technical examination to take place.
Gardaí from Navan have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and assist their investigations.
Local councillor Wayne Forde said the local area was shocked to learn of the broad daylight attack.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the man and his family at this time," he said.
"Hopefully he is able to pull through and make a full recovery from these serious injuries.
"I recently made a request at a meeting of Meath County Council for 100 more gardaí in the Navan and Meath area following the huge rise in anti-social behaviour."
Mr Forde added: "This incident shows the real need to ensure that we have more gardaí here who are fully resourced to deal with some crimes."