Sunday 19 August 2018

Probe into New Year's Eve stabbing death upgraded to murder investigation

The scene of the fatal stabbing on the Dublin Road in Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan.
Pic Steve Humphreys
1st January 2018
The scene of the fatal stabbing on the Dublin Road in Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan. Pic Steve Humphreys 1st January 2018

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Ian Begley

Gardai have confirmed that they have now launched a murder investigation following a post-mortem examination on a man who died in a stabbing incident in Cavan on New Year's Eve

Gardai in Balieboro have begun the murder investigation following the death of a Polish man, named locally as Marek Swider, who is believed to have been living in Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff with several of his compatriots.

The victim (40) was stabbed outside the property at around 11pm on Sunday night.

Traces of blood could still be seen yesterday around the front door as gardaí continued to investigate the circumstances of his death.

Neighbours of the victim said they believed that men were playing cards in the house when a confrontation occurred.

“They were all playing poker on New Year’s Eve and at one stage an argument broke out,” said one neighbour, who did not want to be named.

“It then fell out onto the street and unfortunately one of the men ended up getting stabbed.

“There was never any trouble in that house before and it’s very sad to hear something like this happening so close by,” she said.

It is understood that the victim worked in Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff.

A former co-worker and neighbour of the victim described him as a “very nice man”.

“I still can’t believe it,” said the South African national.

“I was out last night, but when I came home I saw the gardaí everywhere and knew something bad had happened.

“When I found out that a person I used to work with had died, I felt a lot of sadness – it’s really terrible.”

The victim was rushed to Cavan General Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 9.30 yesterday morning.

Gardaí have been in contact with his family in Poland and a family liaison officer has been appointed.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination last night, with the Garda Technical Bureau in attendance.

No arrests have yet been made.

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