Saturday 24 March 2018

Gardai ask taxi drivers to help them nab knife killer

Tom Brady Security Editor

Gardai are trying to track down a number of taxi drivers whose evidence could help them catch a killer.

The drivers brought a group of Polish men from a nightclub to a quiet avenue on the northside of Dublin where a 29-year-old was fatally stabbed.

The victim was named last night as Bartkoniej Urbaniak who had been living in Ireland for the past few years. He had an address in Naas, Co Kildare, and worked in a factory.

A post-mortem examination yesterday confirmed that he died from stab wounds to his side.

Gardai are not yet certain where he was attacked and have appealed for help from taxi drivers who collected a group of up to 10 Polish people from outside the Wright Venue nightclub at the Airside Retail Park in Swords, Co Dublin, before 3am on Sunday.

Mr Urbaniak had gone to the nightclub with his friends to celebrate a birthday. After leaving the club, the group are believed to have been taken by taxi to Richmond Road, which runs between Drumcondra and Fairview.

Gardai are not yet sure if the attack took place on the road or in an apartment there. They are carrying out a detailed forensic examination of two apartments.


Officers have also seized a Volkswagen Passat car, which was used by some of Mr Urbaniak's friends to take him to hospital after the attack.

He was taken to the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in error and staff there immediately transferred him to the Mater Hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit.

He died from his wounds on Sunday afternoon.

Gardai said at least two taxis were involved in taking the group from the nightclub to Richmond Road and appealed last night to drivers who collected fares from the Wright Venue in the early hours of Sunday to contact them at Swords station at (01) 6664700.

A hunt is also continuing for the knife used in the attack. Mr Urbaniak was struck under the ribs with the weapon.

A motive for the stabbing has not yet been established.

Gardai have interviewed a number of Polish men who were with the victim during Saturday night and early Sunday, but have yet to trace others who they believe have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the killing.

One officer said last night: "The key to this mystery lies within the Polish community and we appeal to anybody with information about Mr Urbaniak's movements in the early hours, and who was in his company, to contact us urgently in confidence".

The garda confidential line is 1800 666111.

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