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Monday 23 April 2018

Man (54) stabbed to death after apparent domestic dispute named locally

54-year-old Italian national, Bruno Rolandi (inset) was stabbed to death following an apparent domestic dispute at a house in the Midlands, gardai believe
54-year-old Italian national, Bruno Rolandi (inset) was stabbed to death following an apparent domestic dispute at a house in the Midlands, gardai believe
State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Ballyfore, Edenderry Co Offaly

Robin Schiller

A 54-year-old Italian national was stabbed to death following an apparent domestic dispute at a house in the Midlands, gardai believe.

The victim, who was named locally as Bruno Rolandi, was discovered with a number of serious knife wounds at his home in the Ballyfore area of Edenderry, Co Offaly last night.

A juvenile male has been arrested as part of the garda inquiry into the fatal stabbing and he is continuing to be questioned at Tullamore garda station.

Mr Rolandi is originally from the Monza region of Italy but had been living in Edenderry for some time.

Bruno Rolandi, was discovered with a number of serious knife wounds at his home in the Ballyfore area of Edenderry, Co Offaly
Bruno Rolandi, was discovered with a number of serious knife wounds at his home in the Ballyfore area of Edenderry, Co Offaly

A garda spokesman said that emergency services were alerted to the incident at around 7.48pm and discovered the victim with knife wounds.

"Despite the efforts of the medical personnel the man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene," a garda spokesman said.

"A juvenile male was arrested in relation to the incident and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Tullamore Garda Station," the spokesman added.

Members of the garda technical bureau arrived at the scene shortly before 11am this morning to carry out a technical examination of the property.

A dog was brought out of the house shortly after the examination began, and was taken in by a neighbour.

A number of evidence bags, one which contained a mobile phone, were also removed from the house.

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy arrived in the afternoon to conduct a preliminary post mortem examination, before the body was removed to the local mortuary by a black hearse.

Gardaí are currently not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident with one source stating that the investigation is "focused inside the house" at this stage.

Neighbours on the rural roadway where the tragedy occurred also described their shock at the killing.

"You wouldn't expect this anywhere, but especially not in Ballyfore. I wouldn't know the people who live in that home well, but I saw the ambulance drive down to the house last night. I just thought somebody was after becoming ill, I didn't imagine that it could be a killing," one local woman said.

Another man who lives in a neighbouring property said that the family had been living at the home for around 12 years, but that he only knew Mr Rolandis to see.

"It's very sad, it's a terrible shock. I know him to see but I wouldn't know him that well, he seemed friendly," he said.

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