Man is kicked to death in row over 70 cent
Published 21/05/2011 | 05:00
A MAN was kicked to death in a row over 70 cent in the centre of Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Noel Fagan (40) originally from Finglas but living in Manor Street, Dublin, was attacked at Wellington Quay beside the Ha'penny Bridge at around 4pm.
Gardai arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with the incident and he was brought to Pearse Street garda station where he was being questioned by detectives last night.
The suspect was being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which allows gardai to hold him without charge for up to 24 hours.
A friend of Mr Fagan said that he was attacked after an argument broke out over a small debt.
"He had just got a text message from his daughter asking him to call her," John Wynne, a friend of Mr Fagan, told the Irish Independent last night.
He was about to make the call when he became involved in an argument with another man.
According to Mr Wynne, the row erupted over 70 cent, which the attacker alleged he was owed by Mr Fagan.
After words were exchanged, Mr Fagan offered 40 cent to settle the argument and started to walk away.
But Mr Wynne said he was followed and then assaulted.
"John was walking away and the guy chased him and punched him.
"He fell to the ground but the guy just kept kicking him in the head.
"He must have kicked him 10 times, even when he was unconscious, I've never seen anything like it," he added.
Mr Wynne said he jumped in to pull the man away from his friend.
Shortly after, an off-duty nurse arrived on the scene and tried to resuscitate the injured man.
It is understood that there was a weak pulse when the ambulance arrived.
Mr Fagan was brought to St James's Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Gardai sealed off the scene with cones yesterday as they conducted a technical examination.
A blood-stained bag that had been placed under Mr Fagan's head was still visible at the scene.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Pearse Street garda station on 01 669-9000, or on the confidential telephone line, 1800 666111.