MURDER victim John Maguire desperately fought with his killer as he was being stabbed to death.
A tradesman working in a nearby house heard glass breaking around the time of the vicious murder on Monday afternoon.
Officers have also recovered a knife which they are examining to see if it was used in the killing.
A local shopkeeper told the Herald of the last time he spoke with the 51-year-old victim in his local shop just two days before he was found stabbed to death in the hallway of his home.
A tradesman working at a house behind Mr Maguire’s home heard glass breaking around the time he was attacked.
“He said he didn't take much notice of it at the time because he didn't hear any raised voices or shouting, but he said he heard a bit of a ruckus and glass breaking,” the man’s employer said.
Sources told the Herald last night that businessman John Maguire knew his killer. Post mortem results show he died from stab wounds sustained while inside the property.
“A definite line of inquiry is being followed. The investigation is now focusing on the killer's movements once he was allowed inside,” a senior source said.
The victim’s partner, Jim Hynes who lived with him, is said to be distraught because of the murder.
Mr Hynes is chief operations officer with the charity Concern. Our images show the victim in his local Costcutter store on Saturday where he purchased milk and spoke about a weekend trip to Kerry.
“He came in on Saturday and told me he was off to Kerry but it was only going to be for a day, and that was the last time I saw him,” shop worker Haroon Nawab said.
He had been washing his car before going back into his property. It’s believed that a male called to the door and was allowed inside.
A row is suspected to have broken out between the victim and his male visitor who is suspected of stabbing Mr Maguire with a knife.
A neighbour said that the deceased was a very nice man.
“John was very neighbourly. I came out on Monday and saw a fire brigade outside the house and thought he'd set the kitchen on fire or something.
“When I went up I could see them working on somebody and there were blood splashes going up the wall. I got a terrible shock,” she added.
Local councillor Mannix Flynn said he hopes that local CCTV could hold the key to finding John's killer.
“There are cameras in the vicinity and maybe one of them has picked something up,” he said.
By Conor Feehan and Niall O’Connor