Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Any argument now results in someone pulling a knife' – Dad whose son (16) was fatally stabbed calls for tighter legislation

Gardaí investigate the scene in Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown after Reece Cullen was stabbed to death on Thursday. Photo: Collins
Gardaí investigate the scene in Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown after Reece Cullen was stabbed to death on Thursday. Photo: Collins
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The father of a teenage boy who was stabbed to death in Tallaght in 1992 said that “every argument now results in a fatal stabbing”.

Joe Reilly’s 16-year-old son Kevin was fatally stabbed in a main artery in his chest by another teenager on April 15, 1992 in Jobstown, Tallaght, Co Dublin.

Mr Reilly is now speaking of his grief following the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Reece Cullen in Tallaght on Thursday night.

“I’ve no chance of getting justice for Kevin but it brings it all back reading that another young boy was stabbed to death just across the road from where Kevin was killed,” Mr Reilly told Independent.ie.

Nobody was ever charged for the death of Kevin as the teenager accused said he acted in self-defence and was acquitted of the crime.

“The judge said it wasn’t illegal to have a knife. Everyday people are dying because people can carry knives.

“Any argument now results in someone pulling a knife. It’s fatal and it’s happening every day.”

Joe said that Kevin was a “lovely child” who was in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

“Kevin wasn’t even involved in the argument but the gang who approached him was looking for his friends. One of them pulled out a knife, stabbed him and he bled to death.”

Since 1992, Joe has called for tighter legislation around carrying knives.

“In every argument these days, a knife is pulled. I protested outside the courts, the DPP and the Dáil but nothing changes.

“I just have to let it go and accept that there will never be any justice for these victims.

“Every time I hear there’s been a fatal stabbing in the news, it brings it all back.”

On Thursday evening, 17-year-old Reece Cullen was stabbed to death at a house in Tallaght.

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, last night. Photo: Collins. Inset, victim Reece Cullen
Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, last night. Photo: Collins. Inset, victim Reece Cullen

It is understood he was targeted during a row at a house in Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, just after 3pm.

A teenage boy was arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing and is currently being held at Tallaght garda station.

Earlier this week, there was a stabbing on Lower Drumcondra Road where a woman in her thirties was attacked.

Gardai at the scene where a woman was atbbed during an attempted mugging in Drumcondra, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai at the scene where a woman was atbbed during an attempted mugging in Drumcondra, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

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