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serious injuries Man who discovered remains of teenager in sports bag stabbed in shock knife attack

The father-of-two was stabbed multiple times in the shocking incident which unfolded at Moatview Gardens in Priorswood on the capital’s northside on Sunday night.

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The scene where human body parts were found on Moateview Drive in Coolock.

The scene where human body parts were found on Moateview Drive in Coolock.

The scene where human body parts were found on Moateview Drive in Coolock.

A 39-year-old man who discovered the dismembered remains of a teenager in a sports bag in Darndale almost exactly a year ago has been the victim of a savage knife attack.

The father-of-two was stabbed multiple times in the shocking incident which unfolded at Moatview Gardens in Priorswood on the capital’s northside on Sunday night.

A garda spokesman said that the man “received serious injuries and was taken to Beaumont Hospital” after he was attacked at the front garden of his home at 10.30pm.

He received a number of knife wounds to his arms and chest by the attacker who fled on foot after smashing a window of the man’s home.

There have been no arrests in the case which is being investigated by Coolock gardai.

Local sources say that one theory being investigated is that the Dublin man may have been targeted because one of his associates was allegedly involved in a social media row which has caused tensions in the locality.

Sources say that it also cannot be ruled out that associates of slain gangster Robbie Lawlor may have targeted the victim.

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Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Robbie Lawlor

Lawlor ,who was shot dead in Belfast in April, was the chief suspect for last January’s savage murder and dismemberment of the teenager who cannot be currently named for legal reasons.

Gardai are also investigating an incident in October when the stabbed man was threatened with a gun at his home but no-one was injured on that occasion.

It is understood that the man is not co-operating with the garda investigation into the knife attack which led to his home being sealed off on Monday as officers conducted a forensic examination of the scene at Moatview Gardens.

In an interview with the Sunday World last February after he discovered the butchered remains of the teenager, the 39-year-old expressed concerns for his safety and said that refused to give gardai a statement even though he provided them with a DNA sample

“I was in two minds about coming and doing this interview but I’m afraid if I don’t I’ll be dragged into a van and broke up by these people,” he said.

“I need them to know I didn’t see the car the bag was thrown from.”

He told the Sunday World that his ordeal began shortly after 10pm on Monday, January 13 last when he was drawn outside his home in Moatview by the sound of sirens coming from a garda chase in the area.

“I walked out to see what all the commotion was about and I noticed the bag.

“It looked fairly new and it was just sitting on the wall off Moatview Gardens leading up Moatview Drive.

“It was a long sports bag – I didn’t notice a brand on it. My first thought was that it was after being thrown out of a car and left there because of the police being in the area.”

He continued: “There were three things I thought it might have been.

“I thought, maybe someone had forgotten their gym gear; that it was stolen goods or it was drugs. And there was drugs found out there not so long ago so it wouldn’t have been too far of a leap.

“I picked it up and I went into the house with it. The bag was heavy - that’s what really piqued my interest.

“I thought there’s something important in this. We opened it up — me and another person in the house — after we brought it out to the front room.

“She thought it was meat from an animal but when I looked at it closely I said: ‘That’s not meat … that’s a human leg'. And then I saw the arms and a pair of flip flops.

“The man continued that he went into a panic when he realised what he had brought into his home.

“When I realised what we had in the house I ran back out with it and put it back where it came from.

“By then all the neighbours came out because we were screaming ‘there are body parts in the bag. And one of the neighbours rang the gardai,” he said.

The man said he didn’t know at the time that gardai had been on high alert after receiving intelligence a 17-year-old youth had been abducted and chopped up as part of a murderous feud in Drogheda.

The man said he didn’t know if he will ever get over the shock of seeing the teenager’s remains.

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