Friday 9 December 2016

Father killed in Dublin assault survived gun attack last year

Victim banged furiously on the door of random house while losing blood

Published 01/11/2016 | 08:55

Scene of killing and inset Robert Ellis
Scene of killing and inset Robert Ellis
The scene in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin where a man in his 20's was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The scene in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin where a man in his 20's was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Gerry Mooney.
The scene in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin where a man in his 20's was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The scene in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin where a man in his 20's was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Gerry Mooney

A man in his 20s has died following an assault in west Dublin in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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The incident in which the man was fatally injured occurred shortly after 3am at Liscarne Gardens in Clondalkin.

It is believed that the deceased man, named locally as Robert Ellis, was in the area of a bonfire at St Marks, a housing estate close by Liscarne Gardens.

He was chased by a number of people across the Neilstown Road, into Liscarne Gardens where he was then fatally injured.

The scene in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin where a man in his 20's was stabbed in the early hours of this morning. Picture: Gerry Mooney

There have been no arrests as yet.

At the scene this morning bloodstains could be seen on the footpath beside a green space at the end of Liscarne Gardens.

There was also blood in the driveway of a house at the end of the estate where the victim had fled from his attackers in search of help.

Local sources say the victim banged furiously on the door of the house while losing blood from an apparent stabbing.

It is also reported Ellis ran through the house while being pursued and died in the back garden of the property.

The front door of the house remained slightly open this morning behind the garda tape that sealed off the scene pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

It is understood that the victim did not live at the house where he sought help.

A garda forensic tent was erected over his body in the back garden, and Deputy State Pathologist Dr. Michael Curtis carried out a preliminary examination at the scene.

Victim Robert Ellis (left) pictured with armed robber Lee McDonnell
Victim Robert Ellis (left) pictured with armed robber Lee McDonnell

Across the Neilstown Road two bonfires still smoldered on areas of green space where the victim is thought to have been chased from.

In March 2015 Eliis had a narrow escape when he, and his pregnant girlfriend, were shot at as they got out of a car in the Grange Vie estate in Clondalkin.

It is understood that Ellis was previously a witness to a murder that happened in Ballyfermot in 2011.

Ellis has almost 40 prior convictions to his name including a seven-year sentence in 2009 for drug offences, the final four of which were suspended.

Former Olympic boxer and local Fine Gael Councillor Kenneth Egan slammed this latest attack: "WTF [What the f**k] is the world coming to. #animals".

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has strongly condemned a fatal assault in the Clondalkin area of Dublin in the early hours of this morning in which a young man tragically lost his life. 

“This brutal attack must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends this morning," he said.

"I would like to urge any witnesses to the fatal assault to contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7700. Any information could be helpful. I am particularly appealing to anyone who may have been in St Marks and Liscarne Gardens area between 1am and 3.30am this morning.”

At a press conference today Superintendent Dermot Mann from Lucan garda station appealed for information from the public.

“We believe that the young man in his 20s was followed into the garden of the house by a number of people. We have information that a number of people left the garden over the wall. What we are looking for is if anyone knows the direction of travel of those people,” he said.

“The Neilstown Road is a busy road, so if we could have any help from the public and the community it would be appreciated,” he added.

 Supt Mann said Gardai are investigating if there was a previous assault or altercation at a local bonfire before the victim left and went to the house where he was found dead.

 He confirmed that the victim did not live at the house but that he may have known the occupants because he is from the area.

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