Friday 24 May 2019

Gardaí following 'definite line of enquiry' as young man presents himself at station in connection with fatal stabbing

Azzam Raguragui Victim in Dundrum stabbing
From Dundrum
Azzam Raguragui Victim in Dundrum stabbing From Dundrum

Ian Begley, Alan O'Keeffe, Alan Sherry and Amy Molloy

A male teenager has today presented himself at a garda station in south Dublin and is assisting gardai with their investigation into a fatal stabbing last night.

The tragic teenager who died has been identified locally as Azzam Raguragui (18). He was from Dundrum.

Azzam Raguragui Victim in Dundrum stabbing
From Dundrum
Azzam Raguragui Victim in Dundrum stabbing From Dundrum

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the murder of the 18-year-old who suffered stab wounds in Finsbury Park, Dundrum.

Investigating gardaí say they are now following a definite line of inquiry and are not considering any racial motive in the stabbing.

Superintendent Martin McGonnell has requested privacy for the family of the deceased at this time and a family liaison officer has been appointed to the family.

The incident occurred at about 8.10pm yesterday evening. The teen was treated at the scene by emergency services and rushed to St James's Hospital. It's believed he sustained injuries to his chest.

But despite efforts to save him, Azzam was pronounced dead a short time later. It's understood the young man is from the Drundrum area.

No arrests have yet been made.

It's understood gardai have spoken to a number of youths who were at the scene, and are still working to establish the identity of other individuals who were there.

The vicinity of the park was sealed off pending a Garda forensic examination and an incident room has been established at Dundrum garda station.

The tragedy happened in close proximity to the former Notre Dame secondary school in Churchtown, currently being used by the Ballinteer Educate Together Secondary School which is using the premises while it awaits planning permission for a new school building.

It's understood tensions had been building in recent days about  some rowdy activities of teenage boys in the quite residential park. The park is on a walking route between Churchtown and Dundrum. The park has been used by children playing and for dog walking for decades.

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Shay Brennan, who grew up in Finsbury Park in Churchtown,  said today local people had complained a number of times to gardai in recent weeks of gatherings of teenage boys in the local green area.  Gardai on several recent occasions went to the area following reports of rowdy activity.

"To hear that such a young man lost his life in such a violent way is absolutely devastating," Cllr Brennan said.

"In recent times, members of the public have expressed concerns about antisocial activity in this area. There has been heightened trouble there and neighbours had been reporting this to the guards over the last couple of evenings.

"However, no one had ever expected something like this to happen.

"Regardless of the circumstances, my thoughts and prayers go to this young man's family," he said.

Dundrum Cllr Brian Murphy told the Irish Independent that violent attacks are unheard of in the locality.

"I'm completely shocked that someone so young had died like this," he said.

"It's very tragic and while we wait for the details and circumstances of this crime to emerge, I can only offer my thoughts and sympathies to this young man's family and friends.

"I'm sure the community will be there to support his family during this very sad time," he said.

Investigating gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information to contact Dundrum garda station on 01-666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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