Knife found as gardai probe fatal stabbing after row
Published 30/08/2011 | 05:00
GARDAI have recovered a knife they suspect was the weapon used in a fatal stabbing.
Last night forensic tests were carried out on the knife to establish if it was used in the murder of 23-year-old John Murdoch, who was stabbed in the heart in a row in the Cushlawn Dale estate in Tallaght, south Dublin, in the early hours of Saturday.
The knife was found on open ground in the Tallaght area.
Two other knives and a screwdriver were also recovered in the wake of the murder and were also being examined.
Tests are also being carried out on bloodstained clothing found during citywide searches of a number of addresses at the weekend.
Meanwhile, detectives last night were continuing to question a 32-year-old suspect.
His period of detention was extended at midday yesterday. A number of witnesses have also been interviewed.
Mr Murdoch, from Donamore Crescent, had been drinking with friends on Friday when the group then walked to a shop in the Killinarden estate to purchase more beer.
The three friends were outside the shop when they became involved in what was described as a "slagging match" with another group of men.
As the incident developed into a row, one of the men stabbed Mr Murdoch under the left arm, penetrating his heart.
The victim sustained a second knife wound as he attempted to defend himself.
An ambulance was called and brought Mr Murdoch to Tallaght hospital, but he was pronounced dead before he arrived shortly after midnight.
A post-mortem later confirmed he had died from the stab wound to the heart.
Gardai said that progress in their enquiries was partly due to the co-operation they had received from the community and appealed for to anyone with information about the incident to contact Tallaght station at 01 6666000, or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.