Thursday 18 January 2018

Community 'stunned' as woman held after man found stabbed to death

A Garda at the scene of the killing in Tipperary. Photo: Frank McGrath
A Garda at the scene of the killing in Tipperary. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A woman is being questioned by gardaí after a Lithuanian national was stabbed to death in Tipperary.

The man, in his early 40s, was discovered with knife wounds at a flat in The Maltings complex in Roscrea.

The grim discovery was made shortly after 2.30am yesterday when the alarm was raised and Roscrea gardaí attended the scene.

A woman in her mid-40s, who is understood to be originally from Latvia, was arrested at the scene at 2.30am.

She is currently being questioned at Nenagh garda station.

The woman, who was known to the deceased, can be questioned for an initial period of 12 hours.

Gardaí said that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbing, at this stage.

All six apartments at The Maltings are built around a central courtyard just metres from the town centre.

Desperate efforts by paramedics and a local GP to help the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body remained at the scene until a preliminary examination was carried out by an official from the State Pathologist's Office.

The remains were then removed to University Hospital Limerick where a full post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

The area was sealed off pending a full examination by experts from the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardaí carried out door-to-door inquiries and were last night searching for the weapon used in the stabbing.

The man is understood to have been in Ireland for the past eight years.

However, while he had a Roscrea address, he is understood to have been living and working in Dublin.

He was socialising at The Maltings complex on Saturday night.

Councillor Michael Smith said the area was stunned.

"It is a very quiet place just a few metres from the church," he said.

"There is sheltered housing there and it probably ranks as the quietest part of the town."

Irish Independent

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