Tuesday 23 January 2018

'Adored' dad Mark (47) stabbed to death 'in row over can of beer'

Inset: Mark Richardson. Scene of fatal stabbing in Artane (Photo: Doug.ie)
Inset: Mark Richardson. Scene of fatal stabbing in Artane (Photo: Doug.ie)
Gardai investigate the fatal stabbing of a man at a house on Harmonstown Road. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the fatal stabbing of a man at a house on Harmonstown Road. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the fatal stabbing of a man at a house on Harmonstown Road. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the fatal stabbing of a man at a house on Harmonstown Road. Photo: Arthur Carron
Scene of fatal stabbing in Artane (Photo: Doug.ie)

Ken Foy and Laura Lynott

Ireland's latest murder victim was stabbed to death in an argument over a can of beer, the Herald can reveal.

Mark Richardson (47) was stabbed to death by a friend after the pair became involved in a drunken row at around 7.40pm on Thursday.

"This man was stabbed to death over a can of beer, how pointless is that? It all started out as messing but got out of hand. This incident has destroyed the lives of a number of families," a source said last night.

Mr Richardson's friend was still being questioned at Clontarf Garda Station last night about the knife attack.

Sources revealed that the two men got into a row after spending several hours drinking together at a property on Harmonstown Road in Artane, north Dublin.

Twist

There were a number of other people in the house at the time. It is believed that the row between the two men spilled out into the front garden and that is where the fatal stabbing took place.

It is understood Mr Richardson was stabbed in the chest. Gardai are not looking for any- one else in relation to the incident.

In a tragic twist, it can be revealed that the suspect in the case held Mr Richardson's hand and tried to resuscitate him before the emergency services arrived at the property.

The man had earlier alerted the emergency services himself by calling 999.

He was arrested shortly after officers from Raheny Garda Station arrived at the scene.

Mr Richardson, who was a father to six children, was killed only a few months after moving into a new family home.

He had suffered homelessness with his partner and young children for more than a year.

Mr Richardson, his partner Aisling Kenny and their three children aged under nine had been living in a hostel on Mountjoy Street.

However, in February last year they were evicted - through no fault of their own - with 12 other families and had to move on to other emergency accommodation.

"God bless poor Mark, Aisling and the kids - they'd lived such an unsettled life," a friend of the family told the Herald.

"They'd been homeless for ages and finally they had a home to bring the kids up in, somewhere stable - and then this happens.

"It's just brutal - sad beyond words. To wait that long to get his family a home, then to be cut down like that. The children adored their dad."

The family had been living in the Mountjoy Street hostel until Dublin City Council informed them a contract agreement between the private owners and the council was ending in February 2016, and their lives again became uncertain.

Shock

Mr Richardson's partner (33) told the Herald at that time that the family had been forced to leave their former three-bed home in Coolock in May 2015 when the landlord sold the property.

A blue forensic tent was still in the front garden of the Harmonstown Road house yesterday and two gardai were stationed outside before the Garda Technical Bureau arrived.

Local people spoke of their shock at what had happened.

"I saw it happening. The lady of the house ran out - she was covered in blood. He was in the front garden," said one woman.

"Paramedics, guards and Dublin Fire Brigade arrived and were performing CPR on him.

"You could see blood everywhere. After a little while they put him on a hospital trolley and took him away. I was shocked to see that going on."

A local man said he had heard arguing.

"There was loads of screaming and shouting. That's all I could hear," he said.

"I looked out of the window and just saw the whole thing going on."

An elderly woman living nearby said: "This isn't right, to wake up to this on St Patrick's morning. It just isn't right and you just don't know what will happen next."

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