Man stabbed 18 times before being dumped in boot of sinking car
A 21-year-old man survived a horrific incident in which he was stabbed 18 times and then bundled into the boot of a car which was then driven into a canal.
Gardai have launched an investigation after the young man was attacked and dumped in the car which was then driven into the Boyne canal at Oldbridge, the Drogheda Independent reports.
He survived the ordeal after he kicked his way through the back seat of the car and escaped the sinking vehicle.
The man managed to alert locals after he was spotted, covered in blood, walking along the road by passing motorists who rang local gardai.
The emergency services were called and he was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
He is understood to have suffered a number of stab injuries and suffered a punctured lung as a result of the attack.
However, the injured man's condition is not believed to be life threatening.
The incident, which occurred last Thursday night, followed reports of an altercation near Knockcommon school around 10.30pm.
Gardai from Navan arrived at the scene to find a large amount of blood on the road. They also found a knife.
Gardai recovered a car - a red Volkswagen Passat with a 00 Galway registration - in the Boyne Canal at Oldbridge.
The injured party in the incident is from the Drogheda area.
Gardai are appealing for anyone who noticed suspicious activity around Drogheda, The canal, or Knockcommon between 10pm and 11pm on Thursday night, to contact Navan Garda Station on (046) 9079930.