Friday 15 December 2017

Body of man stabbed 40 times discovered dumped in a ditch

Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Supt Noel Carolan, Balbriggan Garda station, at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Gavin White and Ken Foy

Gardai are confident of making arrests in the case of a man who was stabbed about 40 times before his body was dumped in a ditch.

Last night, officers identified the victim as a national of an Eastern European country, and said they were satisfied that he was not killed where his body was dumped.

The grim discovery was made by a member of the public in north Dublin at about 10.40am yesterday morning.

The man's remains were discovered in a laneway off the R129 Ballyboughal to Oldtown Road, about a kilometre outside Ballyboughal, Co Dublin.

The victim is believed to be aged in his 30s.

The murder is not being investigated as part of the capital's bitter gangland feud.

Detectives from Balbriggan Garda Station are leading the detailed probe into the capital's latest murder.

No arrests have been made so far.

Gardai are investigating whether the victim had been dumped from a car.

As part of their investigations, they are understood to be trawling through CCTV to identify the vehicle and route taken by the man's killers.

Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney

"We're appealing to anybody who might have been in the area [Friday] morning or [Thursday] evening," said Superintendent Noel Carolan, from Balbriggan Garda Station, at a media briefing yesterday afternoon.

"We're not entirely sure how far back this man's body actually came to the scene here.

"Anyone who was here over the last day or two who saw anything suspicious, or unusual vehicles, or people in the area, to get in contact with us at Balbriggan Garda Station.

"We'd like anyone who was his family, his work colleagues, to be in a position to come forward and let us know when they last saw him."

He said investigating officers are certain the man met a violent end.

"We are satisfied it is violent, and we are at a stage where we have commenced a murder investigation," said Supt Carolan.

"We don't have any reports of anyone missing in the area or locality.

"It looks as if he could have been there overnight, or maybe even a couple of days before that."

They do not believe the area the body was recovered was where the stabbing took place.

"In all probability, we are probably looking at a situation where the fatal injuries did not take place here," he said.

"It probably means there is more than just one scene."

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