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Sunday 30 April 2017

Man quizzed over death of athlete friend (39) stabbed in the neck

Gardaí arrest suspect in 60s after fatal stabbing at house

Christopher McGrath
Christopher McGrath

Robin Schiller

Gardaí believe a 39-year-old Galway man was stabbed to death by a person known to him in an early-morning row.

The body of the man - named locally as Christopher McGrath - was discovered at a house in Cardinal Cushing Road, Mervue, Co Galway, shortly after 4am yesterday.

Gardaí believe he was fatally wounded in the neck after becoming involved in an argument with a person known to him. Mr McGrath did not live at the property where the attack happened and is understood to be from the Clifden area originally.

A man aged in his 60s was arrested in relation to the fatal attack and is currently being questioned at Galway garda station.

Sources told the Irish Independent that Mr McGrath received a knife wound to his neck after arriving at the property in the early hours of yesterday morning. He was unable to gain access through the front door so entered the house from a rear entrance. It is believed he was let in by a person living at the property - who is not the arrested man.

"An argument broke out and a knife was produced. The victim then received at least one stab wound to his neck," a source said.

Gardaí are investigating an assault with a knife at a house on Cardinal Cushing Road, Mervue, Co Galway, in which Christopher McGrath was stabbed to death Picture: Andrew Downes / xposure
Gardaí are investigating an assault with a knife at a house on Cardinal Cushing Road, Mervue, Co Galway, in which Christopher McGrath was stabbed to death Picture: Andrew Downes / xposure

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said that he was woken up by loud banging shortly before 4am.

"There was a lot of loud noise, then silence. Someone ran out of the house to the other side of the road where the neighbours called the gardaí.

"It's normally a quiet area and the people who live in the properly are very nice people, they always kept to themselves," the neighbour said.

Emergency services, including paramedics and gardaí, rushed to the scene.

A garda spokesperson said: "A man, late 30s, suffered apparent stab wounds. He received medical assistance at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Galway where he was later pronounced dead. A post mortem is to be arranged."

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of the property yesterday morning.

Later on in the evening they returned and took away a rucksack and jacket, which had been on the ground outside the property.

Local councillor John Walsh expressed his shock at the incident. "You would never normally see trouble in the area, it's a very quiet part of the city," he said.

Irish Independent

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