Saturday 18 November 2017

Man in 'blood stained' top sought after Irish man stabbed to death and second injured

* Man found with knife injuries on the South Circular Road
* Second man discovered dead in nearby flat
* Victim is Irish national

Stabbing incident scene. Picture: Frank McGrath
Stabbing incident scene. Picture: Frank McGrath
Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Garda pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a atabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
Scene on South Circular Road.
Scene on South Circular Road.

Robin Schiller and Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have appealed for help locating a man in a "blood-stained" top seen leaving a home where one man was knifed to death and a second man was injured.

Officers have now confirmed that the victim of today's stabbing was an Irish man in his 20s.

The victim was discovered in a house on Dublin's South Circular Road after a second man was found with knife injuries on a nearby footpath at 3.45pm.

Now gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses after receiving reports that a third man was seen leaving the scene earlier.

A folding knife pictured at the scene of a atabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath
4/10/16
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a atabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
Garda pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16
Scene on South Circular Road

A spokesman said: "Gardaí are appealing for a third man, also in his 20s, seen leaving the house at about 3.20pm, to contact them. This man is described as 5'6'', thin build and wearing a dark top which may have been blood stained."

Gardaí confirmed that the dead man is in his 20s and "is an Irish national". Earlier it was believed that the victim was a foreign national.

A folding knife pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath
4/10/16
A folding knife pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the South Circular Road.Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath 4/10/16

His body has been taken to the City Morgue , where a post mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.

Another man in his 20s remains in St James' Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The incident happened during rush hour traffic on the busy road at approximately 3.45pm, with gardai currently canvassing the area for witnesses.

Gardaí have sealed off the area and a blood-stained towel and clothing was  was seen near the location of the attack.

Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai search for evidence at a house on Dublins South Circular Road following a fatal incident. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Earlier a garda spokesman said: "At 3.45pm Gardaí we called to an incident at a flat on South Circular Road close to the junction with Bloomfield Avenue Dublin 8. A man was discovered with injuries on the roadway close to the scene. This man has been removed to James' Hospital and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

"When Gardaí examined the inside of the flat they discovered the body of a man believed to be in his 30s.

"The scene of the incident has been sealed off for a technical examination and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed.

"Anyone who was in the South Circular Road/Bloomfield Avenue this afternoon between 3pm and 4pm is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01-6669400."

Locals in the area have also expressed their shock at the incident, describing the road as a relatively quiet area.

One homeowner, whose house is across from the crime scene, was in his home at the time of the incident but was unaware to what had actually happened.

"I wouldn't know the people who live in the flat myself, it's a very quiet area. I was in my house at the time and didn't notice a thing until the sirens rang out around the area. I couldn't believe it when I realised what had actually happened," he said.

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