Shock at stabbing of well known Co Armagh man

A community is in shock after a serious altercation led to one man being stabbed and another arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Co Armagh hamlet of Derrytrasna.

Declan McAlinden. INLM0811-812con
Declan McAlinden. INLM0811-812con

A man in his 50s was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds to various areas of his body last night at around 7.40pm.

The attack happened in Derrytrasna Lane - a quiet area of the small Co Armagh hamlet which leads to the shores of Lough Neagh.

It is understood the victim suffered wounds to his neck, face and abdomen, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening at this time, according to police.

SDLP Cllr Declan McAlinden who knows the family described him as a quiet and highly regarded man from a highly respected family in the close-knit Derrytrasna area.

“Nothing like this happens here. This man is a lovely person and I hope he makes a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very stressful time just before Christmas,” said Cllr McAlinden.

“Derrytrasna is a very quiet area and something like this is extremely unusual,” he added.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Detectives in Lurgan are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in the Derrytrasna Lane area of Craigavon last night.”

Detective Inspector Harvey said: “Police responded to a report of an altercation at this address at approximately 7:40pm and found a man, aged in his 50s, had been stabbed several times.

“The victim sustained wounds to his neck, face and abdomen during the attack, which we believed took place outside the address.

“The man was taken to hospital for injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening at this time.”

The Detective Inspector continued: “A 69-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

“We are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything in this area last night around 7:30pm to phone police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1263 of 18/12/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”