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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Gardai believe man stabbed 40 times was a Polish national

Forensics examine where the body was found
Forensics examine where the body was found
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Gardai believe that a man who was found stabbed to death and dumped in a laneway in north Dublin was a Pole in his 30s who may have been living rough.

His body was discovered at 10.40am last Friday in a ditch near Ballyboughal and he had been stabbed more than 40 times. He was reportedly found face down and fully clothed. Gardai suspect he was murdered in another location and his body later moved.

His remains were discovered in a laneway off the R129 Ballyboughal to Oldtown Road, about 1km outside Ballyboughal, Co Dublin.

Detectives moved swiftly to rule out a gangland connection to the man's murder. It is understood now that detectives are trying to contact the man's family in Poland but his identity has not been disclosed. They want to reach his family in Poland before releasing his details publicly. His body will also need to be formally identified.

The garda press office said yesterday that they were still trying to positively identify the victim and renewed their appeal for witnesses but declined to comment further.

At a press briefing on Friday, Superintendent Noel Carolan, from Balbriggan garda station, said they were not sure how long the man's body had been at the laneway.

He said the discovery of a body was "extremely rare" for the north county Dublin area and urged anyone who has been in the locality over the last week to get in touch with gardai.

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

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

Superintendent Carolan told the briefing that he believed the man's body could have been dumped in the laneway up to two days before his body was found. "In all probability, we are probably looking at a situation where the fatal injuries did not take place here."

He said that indicates a car was used to transport him to the scene and that there is a crime scene in another location where the actual injuries were sustained.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Balbriggan garda station on 01 8020510.

Sunday Independent

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