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Seven questioned over death of man during fight about child riding a bike

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 23/10/2015 | 10:24

Karl Holmes
Karl Holmes

Gardai have interviewed seven people including women and juveniles in relation to the death of a 44-year-old man who died during a violent confrontation in Tallaght last month.

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The investigation into the death of Karl Holmes on the evening of September 3 was downgraded from a murder inquiry after a post-mortem revealed he had died of a heart attack rather than injuries he received in the incident in the Avonbeg Gardens estate.

A garda investigation has continued, and last night it emerged that seven people have been questioned by officers about what happened and a file has been sent to the DPP.

Appointment

Sources said gardai did not need to make any arrests as all of the people interviewed had met officers by appointment.

"Not all of the people interviewed are suspects - some were witnesses to what happened. They include males, females and juveniles," a source said.

"There has been a good enough level of co-operation and gardai are not looking to speak to anyone else in relation to this.

"What happens now is up to the DPP, but any potential charges in this case could include, say, violent disorder, assault or public order matters."

Holmes was previously jailed for five years for causing grievous bodily harm to 19-year-old neighbour Thomas Weekes, who died three days after being headbutted by him in 1992 in an attack a judge described as "deplorable and outrageous".

He was also jailed for a year in 2009 for being part of a cartel that defrauded the Revenue of almost €53,000.

The scam involved sending contract tax deduction forms to Revenue to claim back tax paid on construction work. However, no work was ever carried out, so no tax was paid.

Gardai believe the fight Holmes was involved in and which led to his death arose from a dispute over the way a child was riding a bicycle.

At his funeral, Holmes' wife Jennifer told mourners he was a man she adored and he was her "knight in shining armour".

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