Saturday 10 December 2016

Buy and sell websites may hold clue in gruesome knife murder of budding DJ

Ken Foy

Published 07/10/2016 | 10:06

Scene of stabbing on South Circular Road, Dublin (Inset: Leo Carolan)
Scene of stabbing on South Circular Road, Dublin (Inset: Leo Carolan)

Gardai investigating the gruesome murder of a DJ are trawling through 'buy and sell' websites used by the 25-year-old victim.

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A manhunt was still continuing last night for the killer of Leo Carolan, who was stabbed to death in his apartment on the South Circular Road on Tuesday afternoon. His Swiss friend was also left with serious injuries.

Victim Leo Carolan (25)
Victim Leo Carolan (25)

The Herald can reveal gardai are investigating whether his killer is someone who he had been in contact with on the internet - possibly a person that Mr Carolan had tried to sell something to.

"The victim in this case regularly used 'buy and sell' websites. All contacts that Mr Carolan had, both online and elsewhere, in the days before his murder are being looked at," a source said.

The development comes after it emerged that the victim's close pal, Swiss national Ludovic Thomas, who was stabbed in the cheek and the stomach in the attack, told gardai he did not know the killer.

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Garda Superintendent Patrick McMenamin speaking to media at Kevin Street Garda Station during a media briefing and witness appeal regarding the murder of Leo Carolan whose body was discovered at a house on South Circular Road. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Garda Superintendent Patrick McMenamin speaking to media at Kevin Street Garda Station during a media briefing and witness appeal regarding the murder of Leo Carolan whose body was discovered at a house on South Circular Road. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gardai have been probing whether the killer may have dumped his blood-soaked tee-shirt in a nearby rubbish bin.

It has also emerged the suspected killer may have bought shoes in a charity shop after the savage slaying.

No arrests have been made in the case, which is being investigated by Kevin Street gardai.

Detectives believe a man, described as 5ft 6ins with short fair hair and wearing a dark top, has "crucial information" in relation to the murder.

The victim, Mr Carolan (25), was living in the apartment for some time after returning from France.

He studied Anthropology at Universite Lumiere in Lyon before continuing his education in Creative Music Production at IADT in Dun Laoghaire. He was also a budding DJ.

Supt Pat McMenamin from Kevin Street Garda Station said detectives were "anxious" to locate a third individual seen leaving the property.

"There was a third person at the scene that we are anxious to locate, and we would ask that person to make contact with us," he said.

"We believe that person has crucial information to this investigation that will assist us.

"That person is described as a man in his mid-20s, around 5ft 6ins in height, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and runners.

"He had fair or reddish hair that was cut short and may have been carrying a bag," Supt McMenamin said.

"A full murder investigation has been established and an incident room set up in Kevin Street."

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