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Man dies following machete assault in Co. Tyrone

A man has died following a deadly machete assault in Co. Tyrone over the weekend.

The attack – which occurred in Omagh on Sunday – saw two men attacked with the bladed weapon at around midnight outside a house according to police. One man later died of his wounds, while the other was hospitalised but survived.

Following the incident, police have arrested one man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

“We received a report at around 11.55pm that two men had been assaulted by a man armed with a machete, outside a house, in the Slievecoole Park area of the town,” said Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell.

“Officers attended, along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Sadly, one of the men, aged 53, died a short time later.

“The other man was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries to his hand.

“A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and is currently in police custody.

“In order to establish what happened, I am appealing to anyone who was in the Slievecoole Park area or licensed premises in the Gortin Road area on Sunday evening, prior to or around the time the assault was reported to us, and who saw what happened to get in touch.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously, or might you have captured dashcam footage? If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call detectives on 101 and quote reference number 1874 of 16/10/22.”

Machete attacks on the island of Ireland appear to be becoming more common in recent years.

Last Friday a Dublin businessman was stabbed with a machete in broad daylight in Finglas.

In April of this year, a man was reportedly attacked with a “machete-like weapon” during an altercation in the Castlecurragh area of Mulhuddart, west Dublin.

The following month, in May, a criminal who lacerated a rival’s neck and chest with a machete in “broad daylight” near a Garda station in Finglas was handed a three year jail sentence.

In late 2020 a man in Waterford city was seriously injured following a machete attack.

A machete is a kind of broad, long, heavy knife used mainly in south america and the Caribbean as a tool to chop sugar cane and thick undergrowth. However, it can also be used as a weapon, and can do serious damage to victims.

 

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