Sunday 21 January 2018

Man (21) quizzed by gardai over Cabra killing

An Garda Siochana were quizzing the man
An Garda Siochana were quizzing the man

Paul Williams

A YOUNG man arrested in connection with a murder in Dublin was still being held overnight by gardai.

The 21-year-old suspect has no previous convictions and is described as coming from a respectable family.

He was being quizzed by gardai in connection with the death of Kevin Molloy in Cabra last month.

Mr Molloy's body was found at his home at Glendhu Road in Cabra on February 1.

But gardai believe the single man was kicked to death at least a week before the gruesome discovery of his body.

However the recent cold weather had preserved the body enough to enable forensic examination.

A post mortem was carried out the following day at Dublin City Morgue by the State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy.

Suspect

The suspect, who was arrested at 8am yesterday, was last night being held at Finglas station and can be detained until 4pm today.

The man is described as being a "loner with a violent disposition".

It is also understood that he did not know Mr Molloy.

Gardai are investigating whether the killing was the result of a robbery that had gone wrong.

The suspect was alleged to have been investigated previously by gardai who were probing assaults on women in the north inner-city.

Last week gardai appealed for anyone who was in the Glendhu Road area of Cabra between January 20 and February 1, or who may have seen Mr Molloy in the area during that time, to contact them.

During the fatal altercation, Mr Molloy is believed to have been savagely kicked - and his head suffered crushing blows.

His injuries were so extensive that gardai had to use DNA evidence to formally confirm his identity.

He had been living in the Cabra house for eight years and was originally from the nearby Drumcondra area.

He had kept to himself and rarely gone out after hitting on hard times and developing an alcohol problem.

His home was found in a chronically neglected state.

It is understood that the house was not effectively secured, and that anyone could walk in through the front or back doors.

It has also emerged that Mr Molloy had worked for a vending machine company for a number of years.

Irish Independent

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