Saturday 27 December 2014

Investigation underway after man stabbed during row at party

Barry Duggan and Conor Feehan

Published 23/07/2013 | 08:18

The scene at Sandfield Mews in Ennis where a 31-year-old man was stabbed to death
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Sandfield Mews, Ennis, Co Clare
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Sandfield Mews, Ennis, Co Clare
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Sandfield Mews, Ennis, Co Clare

A MAN was brutally stabbed to death after a row broke out at a late night party.

The 31-year-old victim died following the attack at a house in Ennis, Co Clare.

Gardai believe the victim – a Polish national - was stabbed by a traveller who had just arrived at the party 15 minutes beforehand.

The violent incident occurred at 1am this morning and the injured man died while being rushed to hospital.

While investigations are at an early stage, it is believed that the victim was stabbed twice.

The motivation for the attack has not yet been established but it is understood to be an alcohol fuelled row.

It is understood that Mr Nowakowski lived in the Shannon region and at sheltered accommodation in Ennis.

This morning’s incident occurred at a home at Sandfield Mews.

Gardai believe that the alleged assailant was brought to the party by a relation.

The attacker would previously have spent time socialising with people who frequented the house.

A knife has been recovered at the scene and gardai believe this was the weapon used in the attack.

A second man – aged 39 and from Clare – is being treated at the Mid-Western regional hospital in Limerick after he jumped out of an upstairs window to escape the melee and broke his ankle.

Three men – two Irish men and a Polish man - who were also at the party have been arrested.

They are being detained at Ennis and Shannon garda stations under Section four of the criminal justice act where they can be held for 24 hours.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Ennis on 065-6848100, the garda confidential line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.

The scene has been preserved for a garda technical examination, and the services of the State pathologist and the garda technical bureau have been requested.

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