The victim of a vicious stabbing on Sunday evening has been moved from the intensive care unit of St Luke’s Hospital to a normal room as he recovers from the wounds he suffered defending his business.
The stabbing took place after a man robbed a small amount of cash from the Phone Shop on Rose Inn street at 4.30pm on Sunday evening. The brave shop assistant working in the Phone Shop decided to chase the suspected thief. Half way up Kieran street the suspect realised he was being followed and turned around to confront the shop assistant. The robber produced a knife and stabbed the shop assistant four times. The frenzied attack on the shop keeper caused the blade of the knife to go straight through the shop assistants arm and exit on the far side. Witnesses said that the attacker was going for the shop assistants heart and only for he moved at the last second he could have been killed. The shop assistant was stabbed- once in the chest, twice in the arms and once in the hand.
The shocking brutal nature of the attack which was carried out during business hours has left a number of shop keepers afraid. Shopkeepers who are working on their own are fearful that similar attacks might happen again in the future.
The Gardai praised the public for contacting them with information that led to two suspects being apprehended within hours of the attack. The Gardai said that they wished to thank members of the public who contacted them to report the suspicious behaviour. Acting on information provided by the public Gardai on patrol located the suspects near Coote’s lane. The suspects attempted to flee but they were caught by Gardai on patrol and brought to Kilkenny Garda station for further questioning. One of the suspects was later released without charge. A small amount of cash that had been taken from the Phone Shop was recovered.