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Monday 26 August 2019

Gardai probe if man was fatally stabbed by someone known to him

  • Gardaí probing if man was assaulted by someone known to him during fatal stabbing in Arklow
  • Man discovered with serious injuries at house in the Crescent, Meadowvale shortly after 12.30am
  • Victim has been named locally as Stephen Kavanagh (37)
06/05/19 Garda technical bureau at scene at Meadowvale Arklow this morning.
Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
06/05/19 Garda technical bureau at scene at Meadowvale Arklow this morning. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
The scene in Arklow where a man was fatally stabbed last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
06/05/19 Garda technical bureau at scene at Meadowvale Arklow this morning. Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Robin Schiller and Tom Brady

Gardai are probing if a man was assaulted by someone known to him during a fatal stabbing in Arklow this morning.

The victim has been named locally as Stephen Kavanagh (37).

He was discovered with serious injuries at the house in the Crescent, Meadowvale shortly after 12.30am.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s University Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 3am.

A 42-year-old man later presented himself to gardai after the killing. He was arrested and is currently being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

At this stage detectives are following a definite line of inquiry and it is understood that the suspect is known to the victim.

A number of other people are believed to have been in the house at the time.

Fr Michael Murtagh, the co-parish priest for Arklow, expressed his sympathies with the victim’s family

“This is a huge tragedy for the local community to wake up to on a Bank Holiday Monday.

“This is a young man who should have been in the high productivity years of his life

“My sympathies go out to the family and friends at the time of this tragedy,” Fr Murtagh said.

Locals in the estate said that the victim was not living in the area, and that it is usually a quiet residential estate.

Throughout the day members of the Garda Technical Bureau attended the scene to carry out a forensic examination.

Detectives also carried out door-to-door inquiries in the estate and are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to contact them.

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