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Sunday 22 October 2017

Knife 'used to murder pensioner' recovered from flat

Kathryn Hayes and Caroline Crawford

A KITCHEN knife that may have been used in the murder of a 65-year-old man has been recovered from the apartment where he was found.

It has also emerged that gardai have spoken to a woman described as a "person of interest" in the murder probe.

Patrick Redmond was found stabbed in an apartment at Mount Kennett Place on Dock Road, Limerick city, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A post-mortem examination later concluded the pensioner had died from a single stab wound to the back. Gardai have yet to establish a motive.

Items, including a number of kitchen knives, were recovered from the apartment where Mr Redmond was found and have been sent for technical examination.

It is believed the knife that gardai suspect was used to inflict the fatal stab wound is among the items seized.

Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond, who had a number of underlying medical issues, moved to Limerick more than 10 years ago.

A separated father with three grown up daughters, he was only recently released from hospital, where he was being treated for a number of medical issues including arthritis.

It is understood he also suffered some minor injuries in a burglary at his apartment in recent weeks. His estranged wife and daughters are devastated by his death.

Neighbours of Mr Redmond yesterday told of their shock at his murder. They described him as a quiet man who was often alone.

Ayaz Binarshad, from Pakistan, has lived in the complex for the past year.

"I would see him on the street often and say hello. I live here with my family. We were very shocked when the guards came to our door on Sunday. It has left us a little scared," he said.

One woman who lives in the same building as Mr Redmond, but did not wish to be named, described him as a quiet man.

"He was just your typical older man living on his own, he didn't talk much but you'd always see him around," she said.

CONFIDENT

Local councillor and head of the Limerick City Joint Policing Committee Michael Hourigan said he was confident gardai would bring the assailant to justice in the coming days.

"When something like this happens in your locality it leaves you very concerned. It's very important the perpetrator of this crime is brought to justice and I am very confident this crime will be solved in the next few days," he added.

So far nobody has been arrested in connection with the death.

The Simon Community was providing the pensioner with a daily meals-on-wheels service at his apartment.

Anyone with information is urged to contact gardai at Henry Street on 061-2124400.

Irish Independent

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