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Knifed teenagers ‘lucky to be alive’

By Kieran Hughes

In what appears to be a random attack the pair were stabbed a total of seven times before Pádraig managed to escape and run to his Atlantic Avenue home to raise the alarm.Speaking to the North Belfast News this week Pádraig’s father Kevin Murphy, a well known community worker in the area, said they could have been killed.

“When Pádraig came back he was screaming to go and help Feidhlim not realising he himself had been stabbed. When we found the wound in his leg the blood was just pumping out of it. He could have easily bled to death.”

Kevin said the attack didn’t appear to be sectarian and while a PSNI spokesperson said all lines of enquiry are being investigated he added that there is nothing to suggest a motive at this stage.

“It just seems to have been a random attack on two lads walking home,” he said.

“Whoever done this should be charged with attempted murder. They are just scumbags.”

Feidhlim’s Mum Siobhán Burns said her son didn’t leave the house for a year after the 2006 attack and she fears the same could happen again.

“This is going to knock him back years,” said his shocked mum. “Even in the hospital this week he couldn’t walk down to the shop because there were too many people around.”

She said the culprits intended to stab someone that night and her son and his friend happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“You don’t run around with knives in your pockets if you are not going to use them,” she insisted.

Newington Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Maskey said the attack could have been fatal.

“I know one of the victims and his family particularly well and it is extremely hard to imagine the worry and turmoil they’ve had to endure since the attack after an incident of this nature,” he said.

“We all should breathe a sigh of relief that nobody has been killed here. I call on the police to speedily bring people to account for this potentially fatal attack.”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Tennent Street CID on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111

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