Man arrested as gardaí probe 'violent death'
Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30
A man was being questioned by gardaí last night following the discovery of the body of a Lithuanian national.
A full scale murder investigation is under way in Limerick following the death of the 39-year-old Lithuanian man in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Gardaí believe the victim suffered a violent death after a row broke out in a rented property off Wolfe Tone Street in the early hours of the morning.
A 55-year-old man, also from Eastern Europe, was arrested at the scene and was still being questioned by gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station last night.
It is understood the victim, who was found in an upstairs room, suffered multiple injuries, possibly inflicted with a knife.
Gardaí made the grim discovery at around 5.30am after they were called to the terraced house following reports of a disturbance at the property, which is located on Barrack Hill off Wolfe Tone Street.
It is believed the two men had been drinking into the early hours of the morning when a dispute broke out.
The Deputy State Pathologist Doctor Michael Curtis conducted a post mortem at University Hospital Limerick on the body of the 39-year-old who has not yet been named.
A large Garda cordon remained around the house yesterday, while two other premises - on St Patrick's Road and Allandale - were also preserved as part of the investigation.
A team from the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the scene.
The 55-year-old man was arrested at the scene at 9.30am. He was brought to Roxboro Road Garda station where he was held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
He can be held for up to 24 hours.
Locals in the tight-knit community were shocked to learn about the violent killing.
One local resident described her shock at the discovery.
"It's a residential area and it's very quiet.
"There's never really anything like that around here," she said.
Another woman said: "We're shocked. I'm awake since seven, we heard all the commotion on the street and were just wondering what had happened."