Saturday 18 November 2017

Gardai search for motive behind kitchen-knife killing of dad

Barry Duggan

A KITCHEN knife was used to murder a father-of-two, but gardai were last night still trying to establish a motive to the vicious killing.

Officers investigating the murder of Martin Purcell (54) who suffered numerous stab wounds have established that he was killed more than 24 hours before his body was found in his rented apartment in Limerick city.

Mr Purcell died violently and suffered up to 25 stab wounds.

Gardai are satisfied that he was murdered on Wednesday night or Thursday morning of last week and that the brutal killing took place in his apartment in Wickham Street. His body was not discovered until Friday morning

Gardai recovered a number of items near the murder scene, including a kitchen knife, which they believe was used to kill Mr Purcell.

The chief suspect for the killing -- a 32-year-old man -- remained in garda custody yesterday. Senior officers were in consultations with the Director of Public Prosecutions last night as to whether the man would be charged in connection with the murder.

The arrested man is a well-known criminal and has a string of previous convictions for assault, public order offences and theft.

He lived in the city centre, near the victim's apartment.

Originally from the Fairgreen, Limerick, Mr Purcell lived in Norwood Park before moving to his centre flat.

He is survived by his son Barry and daughter Amy, sisters Angela and Susan and brother Barry. His removal will take place this evening at 7.30pm.

Irish Independent

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