Thursday 29 June 2017

Victim of daylight knife attack named as 25-year-old budding DJ Leo Carolan

Scene of stabbing on South Circular Road, Dublin (Inset: Leo Carolan)
Scene of stabbing on South Circular Road, Dublin (Inset: Leo Carolan)
Stabbing incident scene. Picture: Frank McGrath
Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Remains are taken from a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Garda pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a atabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
Scene on South Circular Road.
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
Scene on South Circular Road.

Robin Schiller and Conor Feehan

The victim of yesterday's daylight knife attack has been named as 25-year-old Leo Carolan.

Gardaí were alerted to the scene after receiving reports of a man outside an apartment on the South Circular Road with stab wounds.

It is understood that this man, who is a Swiss national in his 20s, received injuries to his body and neck.

When emergency services arrived at 3.45pm, they entered a nearby flat where they discovered the body of Irishman Leo Carolan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Victim Leo Carolan (25)
Victim Leo Carolan (25)

Leo studied Anthropology at Université Lumière in Lyon before continuing his education in Creative Music Production at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

The budding DJ is understood to have lived in the area for a few years.

Now, a garda manhunt is underway for the person believed to be responsible for the attacks.

Gardai carried out house to house enquiries in the immediate area of the murder scene this morning, and shortly after 10am the Garda Technical Bureau arrived to carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

They were seen entering the house in sterile white forensic suits with evidence bags and  photographic equipment.

Neighbours said they were still getting over the shock of what happened.

Meanwhile, the search for the man who left the scene yesterday continued.

Gardai today again urged anyone who witnessed the attack, or saw anyone leaving the scene, to come forward.

A folding knife pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath
4/10/16
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16

Appeal

Supt Pat McMenamin from Kevin Street garda station issued an appeal today.

He said gardai responded to the incident on the South Circular Road at around 3.30pm yesterday after an injured man was found on the footpath.

“After arriving at the scene it became apparent that there was another man in a nearby premises. On entering that premises the body of a man in his mid 20s was found,” he told reporters.

Remains are taken from a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Remains are taken from a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney

“As a result of that a full murder investigation has been established and an incident room set up in Kevin Street. We had two scenes preserved and they have been examined by our colleagues in the garda technical bureau,” he added.

Supt McMenamin said house to house enquiries were ongoing and a family liaison officer had been appointed to the case.

While Gardai would not officially confirm the name of the victim until a positive identification takes place, he was named locally as Leo Carolan.

“The male that was injured is in hospital being treated for non life threatening injuries. We have spoken to him and when he's treated for his injuries we will be further speaking to him,” said Supt McMenamin.

“We are anxious that there was a third person at the scene that we are anxious to locate, and we would ask that person to make contact with us. We believe that person has crucial information to this investigation that will assist us.

“That person is described as a man in his mid 20s, around 5ft 6ins in height, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and runners. He had fair or reddish hair that was cut short and may have been carrying a bag,” he added.

Supt McMenamin also appealed to members of the public who were in the area or the side streets near it between 2.30 and 4pm to get in touch if they saw anything that drew their attention.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street garda station on 01 6669400 or the GAA confidential line on 1800 666111. 

A source last night revealed that the incident was "not a random attack" and that the individuals are all known to each other.

A knife believed to have been used in the attack was recovered and was last night being examined by specialist forensic examiners.

Blood-soaked towels and clothes were also visible on the footpath where one of the men had collapsed after being stabbed.

Morgue

The body of the deceased was removed to the city morgue, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The injured Swiss is currently being treated in St James's Hospital, although his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

Basser Clkhodaior (36), who has been living in the area for the past three years, described how he saw the injured man with knife wounds being tended to. "He wasn't talking, he was full of blood," he said. "I didn't know him to see. He wasn't saying anything, there was blood all over the floor.

"He looked very bad, there was blood on his face and on his clothes."

Another man, who was passing through the area when the incident occurred, said: "I saw what I thought was a traffic accident. There were two cars parked parallel to each other. The guy on the street looked to be in his 30s in a white shirt and with dark hair. There was a big red blotch of blood on his mouth.

"He was being tended to by passers-by, he was going to walk off but one person brought him back and got him to sit down."

Two separate crime scenes - the apartment and the footpath where the injured man was discovered - remained sealed off last night while gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries.

Gardaí have spoken to a number of people who were in the apartment block at the time of the attack.

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