Longford stabbing update: Gardaí granted further extension to quiz suspect

Teenager's period of detention extended by further 12 hours

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Longford Garda Station. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Longford Gardaí are continuing to question a juvenile following an alleged stabbing in Longford town yesterday evening

Detectives have, for the second time today, been granted additional time to question a teenager over the alleged stabbing of a man in Longford town last night.

Investigators had initially been given an extension to quiz the juvenile until 2pm today.

That period has since been extended by a further 12 hours at which time garda chiefs must either charge or release the teenager.

His arrest and subsequent questioning comes after a 19-year-old  Longford man sustained what's believed to be a number of stab wounds during an incident which took place in the Springlawn estate, just off the main Ballinalee road at around 5:30pm.

He was initially taken to Midoc, an out of hours GP service before being taken to Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital for treatment.

Due to the seriousness of his injuries, the injured man was transferred last night to St James' Hospital in Dublin, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

Though the injured man is said to be out of danger, it's understood his recovery will be a long and protracted one with the victim said to have sustained a number of lacerations to the upper body and facial area.

The Leader was at the scene of the alleged incident this morning before speaking to Supt Jim Delaney who praised his officers for how quickly his officers responded to the incident.

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