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'Savage assault' Gardai probe alleged knife attack in Limerick after man says he had 'fingers chopped off'

The chief suspect in the case is a man well known to the victim

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Gardai are investigating after a man was allegedly subjected to a brutal assault with a large knife in Limerick.

The man who is understood to be aged in his late 20s was allegedly attacked in the St Mary’s Park area of Limerick late last Saturday night.

The man has posted a video which has gone viral on social media during which he says he had a number of his fingers chopped off.

The chief suspect in the case is a man known to the victim.

Senior sources say that gardai are aware of the incident and have launched an investigation but this has been hampered by the fact that the victim has not made a complaint.

“Gardai have attempted to make contact with him but without success so far. For a criminal case to proceed gardai would need his co-operation. He was the victim of a truly savage assault,” a source said.

In the shocking video, the alleged victim talks to the camera with visible injuries to his face, including a deep cut to his forehead.

He tells the camera how he has “staples on the side of my head” and “two black eyes”.

“I busted my head off the ground as well,” he says.

He then shows up his heavily bandaged hands to the camera and says “ten fingers chopped off”.

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí at Mayorstone are investigating the alleged assault of a man in his late 20s in the course of an incident at Assumpta Park, Limerick on Saturday the 18th December, 2021.

It’s understood the man sustained lacerations to his hand in the course of the incident that occurred sometime between 4pm and 6pm. He received treatment for his injuries at UHL. A knife was recovered by Gardaí from the scene.

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Enquires are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Henry Street 041212400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111."

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