Sunday 18 August 2019

Azzam stabbing 'linked to row over stolen bike'

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Ken Foy

Gardaí are investigating if the fatal stabbing of a teenager happened as part of an altercation between two groups over a stolen bicycle.

Azzam Raguragui (18) is not suspected of stealing the bike that led to Friday night's row in a south Dublin park. One theory is that Azzam was not even the intended target of the stabbing in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, at around 8.10pm.

"This is a very sensitive and complex investigation involving witnesses who are juvenile males. No arrests have yet been made," a source said last night.

Gardaí have spoken to a teenager who is the chief suspect in the killing.

This boy, who is from south Dublin, has claimed that he acted in self-defence when he fatally stabbed Mr Raguragui.

Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy who was attacked just 10 minutes after the fatal stabbing a short distance away.

The incident occurred at a bus stop in Nutgrove Avenue in Rathfarnham on Friday at 8.20pm, which is less than 2km away from the fatal stabbing in Finsbury Park.

The Garda Press Office could not confirm if the two incidents were linked.

However, a garda spokesperson confirmed that the teenager attacked in Rathfarnham received non-fatal injuries to the thigh.

Irish Independent

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