Gardaí quiz teens after brutal attack
Gardaí have searched several homes, interviewed teenagers as young as 14, and seized evidential material as part of their investigation into a brutal and unprovoked knife-and-bat attack on two teenagers in Cork City at the weekend.
Last night, Supt Charlie Barry confirmed that detectives had identified 27 people, aged between 14 and 17, who had travelled by bus from their homes on the northside of the city to the southside on Saturday before the vicious attack in the Wilton area, around tea-time.
One teen required surgery, having been stabbed in one of his kidneys.
His friend received several stitches to the head. He was beaten with what gardaí believe was either a metal bar or a baseball bat.
Supt Barry said gardaí are following several definite lines of enquiry.
The two victims, aged 15 and 16, had just left Wilton Shopping Centre on foot at around 6pm on Saturday. They were walking through the nearby Wilton Court housing estate when they encountered a gang of 20 to 30 teenagers, both male and female.
The two innocent friends, who were said to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, were then subjected to an unprovoked attack.
During the course of the assault, one of the boys suffered at least one stab wound to the side and the other suffered several wounds to the head.
The gang members fled and the two injured boys made their way to a friend’s house nearby.
They were driven by an adult in the house to Cork University Hospital (CUH), where they received medical treatment and where gardaí were alerted.
Supt Barry said that CCTV footage from Wilton Shopping Centre played a crucial role in identifying several potential suspects, who had spent some time wandering around the shopping centre, before the teens were assaulted.
Gardaí obtained search warrants and mounted a series of searches of a number of homes on the northside of the city on Monday afternoon and evening.
They interviewed, under caution and in the presence of a parent, several teenagers, both male and female, including one who was as young as 14.
Supt Barry confirmed that a number of items of evidential material were also seized.
He said gardaí are now examining the various statements taken from the teens, and that detectives are trawling through more CCTV footage.
But he warned that the painstaking probe could take some time, given the number of people involved.
The assault victims are understood to be making a good recovery from their physical injuries.