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Saturday 17 March 2018

Man arrested after 'slagging match' leads to fatal stabbing

Gardai at the scene of a stabbing attack in the Cushlawn Dale estate in Tallaght, which
resulted in the death of 23-year-old John Murdoch
Gardai at the scene of a stabbing attack in the Cushlawn Dale estate in Tallaght, which resulted in the death of 23-year-old John Murdoch
Stabbing victim: John Murdoch had been celebrating football victory

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GARDAI were last night closing the net on the killer of a young man who was stabbed in the heart after a "slagging match" developed into a row.

The victim was John Murdoch (23) from Donamore Crescent in Tallaght, south Dublin.

Investigating officers arrested a suspect in his early thirties yesterday afternoon in the north inner city.

The man was taken to Tallaght Garda Station where he was being questioned last night under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Other arrests may be carried out shortly as inquiries into the fatal stabbing are extended, gardai disclosed last night.

Mr Murdoch had shared a couple of cans of beer with two friends in a house on Friday night.

Locals said they had been celebrating the success of Shamrock Rovers, who earlier in the week had qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, netting a financial windfall for the Tallaght-based club.

Shortly before midnight they decided to buy more beer at a nearby shop in Killinarden but the off-licence section was closed.

As they stood chatting outside the shop, another group of men and one woman passed by and remarks were exchanged.

Gardai said a "slagging match" developed between the two groups and a man produced a knife outside a new apartment complex at Cushlawn Dale estate.

Mr Murdoch was stabbed under the left arm and the wound extended to his heart.

He slumped to the ground and lay there in a pool of blood as his attacker fled.

An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead before he reached Tallaght Hospital at 12.30am on Saturday.

A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and confirmed that Mr Murdoch had died from a stab wound to the heart.

Mr Murdoch also sustained a second stabbing injury which it was believed he suffered as he tried to defend himself against the knife.

Gardai found a screwdriver during a technical examination of the scene and it was taken away for tests but was not thought to have been the killer weapon.

Detectives also recovered an amount of bloodstained clothing during a series of searches in the city yesterday.

The knife has not yet been found.

Gardai said Mr Murdoch was known to them and had a number of criminal convictions for burglaries and car theft and a minor drugs possession offence.

However, he was not regarded as a serious criminal.

The man under arrest last night has been living at a number of addresses around the capital.

Investigators said last night they had received tremendous co-operation from the local community and had made significant progress with their inquiries over the weekend as a result.

They appealed to anyone with further information about the stabbing to contact Tallaght garda station at 01 6666000 or phone the confidential line on 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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