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Members of the Garda Crime Scene Investigation Unit at the house on Kilbride Street in Tullamore where one man was
fatally stabbed and another was injured yesterday

Members of the Garda Crime Scene Investigation Unit at the house on Kilbride Street in Tullamore where one man was fatally stabbed and another was injured yesterday

Members of the Garda Crime Scene Investigation Unit at the house on Kilbride Street in Tullamore where one man was fatally stabbed and another was injured yesterday

A FATAL stabbing in a rented house yesterday is believed by investigating gardai to be linked to a "love triangle".

The victim was stabbed in the upper chest while another man was slashed across the face and hands but was not seriously injured.

The knife used in the fatal stabbing has been recovered by officers and is undergoing forensic examination.

The dead man was named last night as Grzegorz Guzik (30) a Polish national, who died shortly after he received the wound following an argument in the house in the Kilbride Street area of Tullamore, Co Offaly, shortly after 7am.

Mr Guzik's wife, Ewa, her three-year-old son and a male friend were in the house when gardai arrived after responding to a 999 emergency call.

Gardai said last night the death was being classified as suspicious until the final results of the post mortem examination had been studied.

But one of the possibilities being examined is that Mr Guzik may have turned the knife on himself after an earlier row with the other man.

It is understood the two men were known to each other.

Mr Guzik, who had been living here for some time, had flown back to Poland to visit his family and was thought to have arrived back here on Wednesday.

Officers said they were trying to establish if there had been a previous incident in the house on Wednesday night.

They believe the row erupted around 6.50am when the other man arrived at the house.

As a result of the argument between the two men, the caller to the house was slashed in the face and hands.

He was outside the house with Mrs Guzik and her son when gardai arrived.

Mr Guzik was found on the floor inside with a stab wound to his chest. He was dead on admission to hospital.

The injured man was discharged from hospital later yesterday following treatment for his minor stab wounds.

A shopkeeper told last night how, as she arrived to open up Fox's Newsagent at 7.25am, she spotted a man with blood on his face outside the house opposite, 128 Kilbride Street.

"One had blood on his face and had his hand up to his face. He was talking to gardai and then an ambulance arrived," she said.

John Lowry, who was walking to buy a newspaper, described seeing a man direct a child out the door in front of the house and a woman was with him.

"I saw the man with his hand up to his face, I thought he might have been on the mobile phone calling the gardai or whatever. I believe he got stabbed in the face and there was blood going out," he said, adding there was shouting.

Shortly after the incident, Mrs Guzik contacted the Polish shop, Polonez, where she worked, and told staff her husband was in hospital and she would not be turning up.

Garda crime scene tape sealed off the house, while a green Passat car just outside the house was covered with protective plastic.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis examined the scene before carrying out the post mortem examination on Mr Guzik at the Midlands Regional Hospital.

Gardai have interviewed a number of people as part of their inquiries but officers are awaiting the results of the post mortem before deciding on their next move.

Officers will also examine footage taken from a CCTV camera.

Gardai will hold a case conference this morning to examine the latest information and review the findings of the post mortem examination.

Inspector Kieran Keyes appealed for anybody who may have seen anything or heard anything in the Kilbride Street area between 6.30am and 7.30am yesterday, to contact Tullamore garda station at 057 9327600.

Irish Independent