A MURDER victim whose body was found in his Dublin apartment on Saturday was kicked to death by a number of men when a row broke out at a party, it emerged last night.
The remains of father-of-one Vincent Maher (29) was found lying on his bed when his landlady went to investigate complaints of loud noises coming from the apartment in the Springmount complex on Wellmount Road in Finglas.
The victim, who had one conviction for drug importation and was an unemployed painter, was attacked when a drink and drug party turned ugly in the early hours of the morning.
A post-mortem showed that the dead man had head injuries and a broken neck bone.
Local residents spoke of hearing a row in the apartment.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he had been woken at around 4.30-5am by shouting and thumping noises.
He said: "I was woken a few times during the night. It started around 10. It was just a regular party but then there was shouting like, 'You better pay for that... you better f***ing pay for that.' Then there was a few thumps, loud thumps.
"But it was like the party went on after that for a while.
"Three fellas jumped over the gate (at the entrance to the apartments) and ran away but that was later."
Last night two men who were being questioned in Finglas garda station were released pending a file to the DPP.
One of the men in custody was found sleeping in a second bedroom in the apartment when gardai were called.
It also emerged that the second man had been arrested by gardai for separate public order offences four hours before Mr Maher's body was discovered.
Gardai believe that the drug abuser was a regular visitor to the apartment and evidence suggested he had been there.
Mr Maher also had minor convictions for disorderly behaviour and road traffic offences. He had separated from his partner some years ago but was very close to his daughter and his own family, who live in Finglas.
By Paul Williams