The victim died today after fighting for his life since undergoing emergency surgery at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Friday evening.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation would now be determined by a post-mortem examination, which is due to be carried out on Wednesday.

Investigators are preparing to launch a possible murder investigation.

The 33-year-old was attacked with a sword just before 9pm last Friday as he walked past a car park on Newtown Road in the Cork port town of Cobh.

He suffered catastrophic blood loss after sustaining a deep cut to his lower leg, partially severing both arteries and veins.

The weapon believed to have been used was a machete or a heavy-bladed sword.

The young man collapsed immediately after the attack while his attacker fled the scene.

He was helped by locals at the scene, one of whom desperately tried to stop the flow of blood from his leg wound.

Paramedics were on scene within minutes and worked desperately to stop the flow of blood and stabilize the man’s condition.

He was taken by Health Service Executive (HSE) ambulance to CUH where he underwent emergency surgery.

After the operation, he remained in a critical condition for the last four days but lost his desperate fight for life on Tuesday.

“The man was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. He has since been pronounced dead this afternoon,” a Garda spokesman said.

“An operations center has been established at Cobh Garda Station and a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) is leading the investigation.

“A family liaison officer has also been appointed to keep the family of the deceased informed.

“An autopsy will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20, 2024, which will determine the course of the investigation. Gardaí continue to appeal for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.”

Gardaí immediately cordoned off the area of ​​Newtown Road for a full forensic and technical investigation.

CCTV footage is now expected to play a crucial role in the investigation.

The incident occurred not far from a busy local store.

Gardaí are investigating evidence that a long-bladed weapon, such as a sword, was used in the brutal attack.

A source described the injury as “devastating.”

So far there have been no arrests and no weapon has been seized.

One line of investigation is that the victim may have been targeted as part of a dispute over money.

Gardaí searched a number of properties across the Cork waterfront area.

It is understood investigators are trying to speak to a specific person from the Cobh area about the attack.

Gardaí believe others must have witnessed the incident as the road was busy with motorists, evening drop-outs and pedestrians at the time.

Investigators are particularly interested in identifying vehicles that were in the Newtown Road area around 8 p.m. Friday night that may have been equipped with dash cameras.

It is unclear whether the young man was attacked by one or more attackers.

Cobh Gardaí have urged anyone with information to contact them.

“Gardaí are investigating a serious assault which occurred on Newtown Road, Cobh, at around 8.55pm last Friday, March 16.”

An operations center has been set up at Cobh Garda station and inquiries are ongoing.

“Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward.”

“Any road users who may have camera footage (including dashcam) and were traveling on Newtown Road between 8.45pm and 9.15pm are asked to provide this footage to gardaí.”

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Cobh Garda Station on 021 4908530, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

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