Friday 21 October 2016

Face of tragic father-of-three stabbed to death on 'be safe in city' night

Published 09/10/2016 | 16:03

A murder probe is underway after a father-of-three was fatally stabbed just hours into a "purple flag weekend" aimed at promoting Waterford city as a safe and vibrant place to socialise.

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The attack on New Street in the city happened following a row between two men.

During the course of the dispute Jay Banville (28), from Raheen, Clonroche, in Co Wexford, was fatally stabbed.

He was pronounced dead in hospital after emergency services found him on a city centre street just after 3.20am on Saturday.

A 35-year-old man, who is understood to be a non-Irish national who lives in Waterford, was arrested near the scene of the crime and continued to be held for questioning by gardai at Waterford Garda Station today.

On Saturday night gardaí issued an appeal for two young women "who may have witnessed an incident" to contact them at Waterford garda station.

The row happened around the corner from John Street, which leads to the main thoroughfare in Waterford's city centre.

The location is a few hundred metres from O'Connell Street where a man in his 40s was injured when he was stabbed during an incident at about 6.45pm on Thursday. A man in his 20s was arrested.

Last month a Carlow teenager was seriously injured in a stabbing, also in the John Street area.

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