Man dies following violent St Patrick’s night assault
Published 18/03/2014 | 09:55
TWO men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 21-YEAR-OLD Cabra man who was killed in a violent assault early today.
Gardai investigating if he was beaten to death with a golf club.
The two men arrested are aged 23 and 25.
The man - named locally as Jay Saunders - was found outside a pub on Fassaugh Avenue in the north Dublin suburb with serious injuries after what appears to be a savage attack outside an adjoining shop.
It is unclear what sparked the fight or how many were involved, but sources say a golf club was found near the scene where the victim lay.
The fight is believed to have happened shortly after 7am this morning.
People who came upon the scene immediately called gardai and the emergency services, and Saunders was rushed to the Mater Hospital but was pronounced dead.
There were emotional scenes when family members at the site where Jay had been attacked and lay flowers at the garda cordon.
Wiping their tears, the group paused briefly at the scene.
"We don't want to say anything at the moment, we've only just come from the hospital. He was a grand lad. He hadn't been out in a while," said one woman.
A woman who knew Saunders well said his brother is a champion dancer who teaches kids dance classes in Cabra, and added that the family are well known in the area.
"He was only 21 a couple of weeks ago, it's terrible," she added.
A very distressed friend of Jay's was also comforted at the scene.
Only last Sunday Jay posted a message on his Facebook page saying "Paddy's Day is gonna be a messy one".
Just before 9pm last night he posted a pic of himself with a girl, who he described as his "skin and bliss", a rhyming slang term for a sister.
Gardai have closed a section of the road between Killalane Road and Dunmanus Road, and shortly after 10.30am members of the garda technical bureau arrived to begin a forensic examination.
The area where the attack took place is right under a local CCTV camera attached to a Centra shop, and gardai hope that this will have recorded the sequence of events that led up to the attack on Jay and identify the culprits.
Locals reacted with shock to the attack, saying they heard nothing and had slept through it.
"I didn't hear any shouting or noises, I just woke up a while ago, opened the curtains and saw the road was closed off," said one man.
Gardai conducted a case conference in Cabra at 11am to discuss what way their investigation would proceed, but it was expected that it would be a murder probe once port mortem results are known.