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Friday 24 February 2017

Son arrested over father's murder is released without charge

Sarah Stack and Mark O’Regan

A broken window at the scene
Ravensdale Close in Kimmage, Dublin, where Eddie Boylan was found dead yesterday
Victim Eddie Boylan (in white shirt) playing at Blackrock Bowling Club in 2006
Eddie Boylan

A MAN arrested over the murder of his pensioner father in a retirement home has been released without charge.

Edward Boylan was stabbed to death with a sword in a senior citizen complex on Saturday afternoon before his flat was set on fire. His 29-year-old son was arrested within hours of the killing on the south side of Dublin's inner city.



A Garda spokesman said he has been released without charge.



"A file is being prepared to the Director of Public Prosecutions," he said.



Mr Boylan, 74, was found dead in bed by firefighters who were called to tackle the blaze in the first-floor flat in Ravensdale Close, Kimmage, which is owned by Dublin City Council.



The suspect was detained at Crumlin Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.



Eddie Boylan, originally from Cabra in Dublin, was discovered by firefighters called to tackle a blaze in the first-floor flat on Saturday afternoon.



He was found in bed with what is believed to be a samurai sword lodged in his chest.



Mr Boylan had moved to the retirement complex on Ravensdale Close, Kimmage, last February.



Yesterday, gardai were studying new CCTV footage taken from the Great Deli Foods newsagency across the road from the Dublin City Council complex.



It shows a man buying a canister of the flammable liquid shortly after 12.30am.



The suspect is seen approaching the counter and buying Zippo lighter fluid, a Yop drink and cigarettes -- just over an hour before carrying out the frenzied killing.



Mr Boylan sustained a single stab wound to the chest before his body was doused in a flammable liquid and set alight.



Detectives believe the killer set the fire to destroy evidence.



Gardai say a witness called the emergency services after noticing a man kick in the door of the victim's apartment.



He lived opposite his local pub, the Black Horse Inn, where locals said his great loves in life were soccer and horseracing.



"He was a down-to-earth, normal man. Eddie would always say hello when I met him out and about on the street and was really very friendly," said neighbour George McGreal yesterday. "It's shocking for something like this to happen."



A lifelong sportsman, Mr Boylan had a brief stint playing for Bohemians in the League of Ireland.



Since hanging up his boots, he became a member of the Crumlin Bowling Club, where he won many medals over the years.



A long-time friend said yesterday that Mr Boylan got great satisfaction from the camaraderie involved in the sport.



Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Mick Maguire, chairman of Crumlin Bowling Club, said he only learned of Mr Boylan's death early yesterday morning.



"I only got word this morning -- I was gobsmacked. I know him most of my life. He played soccer all his life and he took up bowling over 20 years ago," he said.



"He was a simple man with simple interests. He liked to place a bet on the racing every Saturday and he often came down here to the club to watch the racing. The reason I got to know him all those years ago was that he married a girl from the road I was born and raised on. He worked on the docks for a long time and then he became a truck driver.



"He played for Crumlin Bowling Club and we play in the Bowling League of Ireland. He was a natural in the sense that he played soccer all his life so he had a good grounding in ball sports.



"Eddie has many medals as he won many titles with us over the years. I can't believe it, I'm still in shock," he added.

Irish Independent

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