Sunday 22 October 2017

Father-of-one James Humphries dies after vicious stabbing at home

Stabbing victim James Humphries
Stabbing victim James Humphries
Gardai have sealed off the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght
Gardai have sealed off the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght
Gardai have sealed off the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght
Gardai have sealed off the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght
Gardai have sealed off the scene of the fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght
Gardai seal off the scene of yesterday evening's fatal stabbing in Kiltalown Way in Tallaght

A FATHER-of-one has been stabbed to death in a vicious attack at a home in Tallaght.

Gardai launched a murder probe following the tragic incident, which happened in Kiltalown Way in the Dublin 24 suburb.

James Humphries, who was in his early 30s, received serious stab wounds at a ground floor property and was dead within half an hour.

Mr Humphries, who was from the Glenshane area of Tallaght, was in the home of an acquaintance when the attack happened.

Investigating gardai arrested a man and took him into custody.

Neighbours in Glenshane expressed their shock this morning.

"He was a lovely young fella. He would always say hello. If he saw you carrying shopping bags he would come down to help. It's tragic," one elderly neighbour told the Herald.

She said the estate has "lost a lot of young lads".

Another neighbour described Mr Humphries as a "nice young man".

"He grew up with my lad and went to school there -- he was a nice, quite young fella," she told the Herald.

She said Mr Humphries had a 13 year old son and that James's mother was on her way back from England, where she lives, to be with the rest of the family.

It is understood James's father lives in Clondalkin.

A woman at Mr Humphries's grandparents house was too distraught to speak today, saying they've had a death in the family.

Former Fianna Fail TD Charlie O'Connor said it was "very sad".

"It's sad really and it's sad for the community. This would be unusual, of course it would be. It does shock and upset people -- the fact that it happned in the community," Mr O'Connor told the Herald.

He called on people in the area to cooperate with the garda investigation.

The stabbing happened at 6.40pm yesterday. Mr Humphries was rushed to Tallaght Hospital but was pronounced dead at 7pm.

A resident living on Kiltalown Way said he only realised there had been a stabbing when they returned home from the pub last night.

"Nobody was in the house at that time (when the attack happened). There were three gardai outside the house when I got home," he told the Herald.

Another local man said: "I didn't know about it until the gardai called here last night, at about 7.30pm or 7.45pm."

Garda forensic officers began a technical examination of the scene at 9.45am today.

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai in Tallaght are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred at a residence in Kiltalown Way at approximately 6.40pm (yesterday) evening.

"A male in his 30s received stab injuries and was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 7pm.

"A male in his 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984."

By Cormac Murphy

Irish Independent

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