Tallaght fatal stabbing: Man to appear in court
Published 30/08/2011 | 08:30
A man in his 30s, arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man in south west Dublin is due to appear in court today charged in connection with the incident.
John Murdoch (23) of Donamore Crescent, Tallaght, died after being stabbed in the heart when a ‘slagging match’ developed into a row.
Mr Murdoch had shared a couple of cans of beer with two friends in a house on Friday night.
Locals said they had been celebrating the success of Shamrock Rovers, who earlier in the week had qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, netting a financial windfall for the Tallaght-based club.
Shortly before midnight they decided to buy more beer at a nearby shop in Killinarden, but the off-licence section was closed.
As they stood chatting outside the shop, another group of men and one woman passed by and remarks were exchanged.
Gardai said a "slagging match" developed between the two groups and a man produced a knife outside a new apartment complex at Cushlawn Dale estate.
Mr Murdoch was stabbed under the left arm and the wound extended to his heart.
He slumped to the ground and lay there in a pool of blood as his attacker fled.
An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead before he reached Tallaght Hospital at 12.30am on Saturday.
A post mortem examination was carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and confirmed that Mr Murdoch had died from a stab wound to the heart.
Mr Murdoch also sustained a second stabbing injury which it was believed he suffered as he tried to defend himself against the knife.
Gardai found a screwdriver during a technical examination of the scene and it was taken away for tests. They later found a knife in open ground in Tallaght and it is believed to have been used in the stabbing.
Detectives also recovered an amount of bloodstained clothing during a series of searches in the city yesterday.
Gardai said Mr Murdoch was known to them and had a number of criminal convictions for burglaries and car theft and a minor drugs possession offence.
However, he was not regarded as a serious criminal.