Wednesday 24 January 2018

Injured suspect quizzed over fatal stabbing

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

THE chief suspect in the murder of a 21-year-old man was being quizzed by gardai last night after his release from hospital.

Detectives investigating the brutal stabbing of Kieran Monahan at an apartment in Larchfield Court in Kilkenny city arrested the suspect at the crime scene.

However, an hour after he was brought to the garda station, the man complained of head injuries and was immediately brought to St Luke's Hospital nearby.

He was treated there until late yesterday afternoon. However, medics are satisfied he is now fit for questioning.

The man, who is in his 30s and from Co Kilkenny, was found sitting in the apartment holding a knife when officers arrested him.

Gardai were alerted to the estate after a disturbance and they found Durrow man, Mr Monahan, and 27-year-old Dale Fogarty from Clough, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, with stab injuries.

The two men were rushed to St Luke's hospital.


However, Mr Monahan was pronounced dead a short time later. Mr Fogarty remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It is thought that up to seven men had been drinking in the apartment on Tuesday night when an altercation broke out.

The suspect is being held by gardai in Kilkenny city under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Supt Mick Nevin, who is leading the investigation, earlier revealed that gardai had made "significant progress" and had identified everybody who was in the apartment at the time of the stabbings.

"We still have a number of people to interview so we can understand the context and entire circumstances of how that absolute tragedy occurred," he said.

Supt Nevin said detectives were continuing their public appeal for information, saying the response had been "very helpful" to date.

Meanwhile, prayers were being said for Mr Monahan at his home yesterday, where his family was preparing for his funeral.

Irish Independent

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