Phone and bag recovered in hunt for murder suspect
GARDAI investigating the fatal stabbing of John Maguire have recovered an iPhone which they believe was stolen by his killer.
Officers have also seized a rucksack, which was similar to one carried by a house caller captured on CCTV footage shortly before the murder.
Gardai say the two finds are significant in their investigations but they are also looking for other items, which they think were taken from Mr Maguire's house at Ormond Square, Smithfield, in Dublin's north inner city.
Investigators are anxious to interview a man, who is high on their list of suspects. But he is known to have left the country shortly after the incident and is now thought to be abroad.
Gardai believe Mr Maguire (51) could have met his killer previously.
He was found slumped behind the front door of his home with multiple stab wounds to his upper body after neighbours became concerned when they found the front door slightly ajar on September 23 last.
Emergency service personnel tried frantically to save him but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Gardai said the foreign national was one of a number of men they wanted to trace in the immediate aftermath of the frenzied attack.
But they were unable to find his whereabouts until they received intelligence indicating that he had been living on the northside of the capital.
Gardai called to the house and found that he had left.
Subsequent inquiries among the friends of the missing man established that he left Dublin shortly after the attack and then travelled to South America.
Gardai seized a number of items from his home for a detailed technical examination, including clothing, shoes, a home computer and a mobile phone as well as the rucksack.
Officers have called through a large amount of footage taken from CCTV cameras in the Smithfield area and along Ormond Quay.
Gardai said initially there was no evidence of a break-in.
But their inquiries have since established that Mr Maguire had been robbed during the incident.
Officers have also been looking into Mr Maguire's background to identify business associates or others, who might have had reason to call to his house.