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Friday 23 June 2017

'We know as much as Gardaí, and we don’t think they know what happened either' - Heartbroken family of Dublin stabbing victim comforted

* Gardaí arrest 18-year-old suspect
* Victim named as Wesley Mooney (33) who was known to gardaí for minor offences
* Post-mortem due to take place today

Scene in Dunsink Lane Finglas and inset Wesley Mooney
Scene in Dunsink Lane Finglas and inset Wesley Mooney
Forensic Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Asssistant state Pathologist Michael Curtis at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Asssistant state Pathologist Michael Curtis at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man has been stabbed to death in an attack at a Finglas traveller halting site overnight.

The victim, named locally as Wesley Mooney (33), was knifed once at St Joseph’s Park on Dunsink Lane shortly after 12 midnight.

He died at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services to save his life.

Mooney did not live at the site, and it is unclear what he was doing there at the time, but locals said they heard no argument or row and were only alerted to the incident when emergency services arrived at the scene.

Wesley Mooney stabbed to death in Finglas
Wesley Mooney stabbed to death in Finglas

Mooney lived on nearby Abbotstown Drive where his family today told the Herald they do not know what happened or why.

“We know as much as the Gardai, and we don’t think they know what happened either,” said one man as he was comforted by family and friends who gathered at the house.

Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Mooney’s body remained at the scene this morning pending the arrival of the garda technical bureau and a pathologist.

A post mortem is expected to take place on the body later today as Gardai continue to gather physical evidence and carry out local enquiries.

Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney

An 18 year-old man was arrested at the scene in the early hours of this morning and is currently detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, at Finglas Garda Station.

Wesley Mooney, a father of two, was known to Gardai but mainly for motoring and public order offences.

Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney

In February of this year he received a suspended sentence at Blanchardstown District Court where he pleaded guilty to possession of a claw hammer and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The court heard he picked up a claw hammer and started waving it about after he was asked to leave an apartment at Prospect Hill Apartments in Finglas on August 3 last year.

Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Picture: Gerry Mooney

During the drunken row Mooney left the apartment and, from outside, started waving the hammer and shouting abuse at the man who asked him to leave.

The hammer had been thrown out of the window by the other man.

A garda said officers were on patrol at around 11.45pm when they received a call about a man with a hammer. The garda said Mooney was shouting at an upper window and waving a hammer which he then threw into a hedge when he saw gardai.

The court heard Mooney had 57 previous convictions, mostly for road-traffic offences.

Forensic Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Forensic Gardai at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Dunsink Lane in Finglas. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

Judge David McHugh gave him a four-month suspended sentence.

After another incident in 2008 Mooney received a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his former partner and their child because he was not allowed access to the infant.

He also pleaded guilty to acting as lookout during a robbery of Terry Rogers Bookmakers, on Glasnevin Avenue, on August 24, 2010 while he was on bail.

Mooney pulled what looked like a gun out of a sock and pointed it at his partner, Kim Murphy, at her Clondalkin home, asking her did she want him "to put the three of us asleep together?"

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced him to six years for both offences at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court but suspended it on strict conditions.

The court heard the relationship between Mooney and Ms Murphy had broken up four months previously when he arrived at her home banging on the door and her younger brother let him in.

Ms Murphy was at the top of the stairs holding their 14-month-old child when Murphy approached her and pulled a realistic imitation gun from a sock.

Murphy was terrified and believed Mooney was going to kill them all.

Her brother alerted gardai, who arrived and found Mooney sitting at the kitchen table with Murphy and their child.

He became agitated when Gardai started to search him and found what looked like a black gun and a balaclava in his coat pocket.The firearm was tested at the Ballistics Department where it was found to be a black toy cap gun.

Mooney was a close friend of armed robber Declan Curran who was found dead in a prison cell at Cloverhill in 2004. Curran was a notorious member so-called 'Filthy Fifty' Finglas gang who were responsible for a series of crimes and attacks in the area.

Gardaí are today appealing for witnesses who were in the area of Dunsink Lane between 11.30pm last night and 12.30am this morning to contact them at the incident room in Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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