Sunday 30 April 2017

Gardaí appeal for information on suspected 'gay-bashing' stab attack on former Late Late Show set designer

Cold case: Charles Self (32) was brutally stabbed to death

Charles Self
Charles Self
Charles Self seen through the kitchen window of Annesley Mews having a cup of tea in the courtyard
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Gardai have issued an appeal for information in connection with a suspected “gay bashing” cold case in which a former set designer on The Late Late Show was brutally stabbed to death 34 years ago.

Charles Self, (32), who was originally from Scotland, was discovered with multiple stab wounds by his room mate at his home on Brighton Avenue in Monkstown, South Dublin on January 22, 1982.

He was last seen alive sharing a taxi with a younger man with blonde hair  – aged in his early to mid-20s,  wearing a “neat two piece suit” the previous night.

Mr Self was known to have had a few drinks at the now defunct gay bar Bartley Dunne’s pub in Dublin’s city centre and left around 11:30pm before heading to the former Hotpot Café on Burgh Quay before leaving shortly after midnight.

From there he was seen talking to two men outside the former public toilets on Burgh Quay before he got into a taxi with the young blonde man around 12:20am.

He was discovered the following morning with numerous stab wounds in what gardai described as a “brutal and frenzied attack.”

Charles Self seen through the kitchen window of Annesley Mews having a cup of tea in the courtyard
Charles Self seen through the kitchen window of Annesley Mews having a cup of tea in the courtyard

In a plea on RTE’s CrimeCall programme tonight, Mr Self’s friend Bill Maher said the brutal murder shocked the nation.

“Things like that didn’t happen in Dublin then.”

And almost 35 years later, the mystery of his killer has never been solved, partly by what gardai believe was a code of silence in the gay community at the time.

According to Supt Martin Fitzgerald, who is leading the cold case investigation, “1982 was a difficult time for being gay in our country,” and he believes there still must be people out there who know something.

Gardai are especially interested in speaking with the blonde man in the taxi as well as anyone who was in the Hotpot Café at the time.

They are also interested in speaking to the two young men outside the public toilets. One was described as being skinny, around 25 years old, wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

The other man was described as being stocky with dirty blonde hair.

Mr Maher said his friend was “a witty, bubbly person. To me he was a character and fun to be around.”

“I’d like to see a conviction or anyone to come forward with any bits of gossip or rumours,” he said as a guest on CrimeCall.

“I’d like to see closure.”

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