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CCTV footage of Jonny Cooper stabbing too distressing to be shown to public

The young footballer was stabbed on his head, neck and shoulders.

THE CCTV FOOTAGE of Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper being stabbed has been described as “very distressing”.

Gardaí took the decision not to show the CCTV on tonight’s Crimecall programme on RTÉ One because of how “frenzied” the attack was.

Images of a man gardaí would like to speak to in connection with the attack were released tonight:

garda appeal dorset st CCTV footage of a man gardaí would like to speak to in connection with the attack Source: An Garda Síochána

The case was discussed on Crimecall tonight, where Supt Kevin Gralton said gardaí had “very good” CCTV footage of the attack, which occurred at 5.30am on Saturday on Dublin’s Lower Dorset Street.

Unprovoked

Cooper was on a night out when the attack occurred.

The stabbing was described on Crimecall as a totally unprovoked, random attack.

Supt Gralton said the CCTV was “very distressing to watch”.

Cooper was described as sitting on a step alone when a man passed by on the opposite side of the road, did a loop and approached him from behind.

He then started repeatedly stabbing him on top of his head, neck and shoulders, said Supt Gralton.

The man then went to the front of Cooper and robbed him. Cooper tried to defend himself and was stabbed again a number of times.

Gardaí are now urgently looking to speak to the man in the image above, or anyone else with information on the crime.

Cooper was released from the Mater Hospital on Saturday evening. He received a huge amount of support and well wishes after the incident became public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí on Gardai 016668600

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