Sunday 23 July 2017

Gardai quiz seven teenagers over fatal stabbing of man

Victim's friends gather for night vigil

Tom Brady and Luke Byrne

GARDAI were last night questioning seven teenagers in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year-old man as his friends mounted a night-time vigil at the murder scene.

The seven, who include a girl and two 13-year-olds, were detained yesterday in a series of swoops in south Dublin by officers investigating the death of David Byrne at the weekend.

The two 13-year-olds are being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on suspicion of withholding information about the murder.

The others are all detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for questioning about the fatal stabbing.

Those being held, who range in age from 13 to 17 years, include the prime suspects for the murder.

At least four men, wearing hooded tops, chased the victim across a footbridge over the Grand Canal from his home at Davitt House into the Emmet Court apartment complex in Inchicore.

One attacker then produced a knife and stabbed him up to five times in the back and side.

The group made their getaway on foot as Mr Byrne slumped to the ground in a pool of blood. He died later in hospital.

Tribute

Last night, friends of Mr Byrne gathered at the spot where he died to pay a final tribute. Candles and flowers surrounded a collection of his favourite things -- chocolates, a can of Coke, a football jersey and a bottle of Budweiser beer.

One young man told the Irish Independent he had spoken to Mr Byrne 10 minutes before he died. "We were going to watch the boxing," he said. With tears streaming down his face, he added: "It will happen again, things only get worse around here."

His friends also heaped scorn on claims that Mr Byrne was in debt to gang members. "It is just lies, he never got into trouble, it's bull," another said.

A steady string of friends drifted in and out of the circle.

A handwritten letter signed "baby girl" was left beside a photograph of Mr Byrne, among the bunches of flowers.

"I love you from the deepest part of me and now I just can't believe I'll never ever get to tell you how much you mean to me again," it read.

Irish Independent

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