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Thursday 19 July 2018

Man held over New Year's Eve card game killing

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man is being questioned in Cork over the fatal stabbing of a Polish national in Cavan after an apparent dispute during a New Year's Eve card game.

Marek Swider (40) was found with fatal injuries in a house in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, last Sunday night.

Mr Swider had been living and working in the Cavan area for several years.

He was rushed to Cavan General Hospital but died the following day despite attempts by surgeons to stabilise his condition.

His death became a murder investigation following a post-mortem examination by the State Pathologist's Office.

It indicated he died as a result of stab injuries.

The incident occurred in the Cavan property off Dublin Street around 11pm last Sunday night.

A number of individuals were there at the time in preparation for the New Year's Eve celebrations.

Several indicated to gardaí the incident involved another individual who was not in the property when officers arrived.

On Wednesday evening, gardaí arrested a man in Cork for questioning in relation to the death of Mr Swider.


The man, a 38-year-old Polish national, is not understood to have a Cork address.

He can be questioned for an initial period of 12 hours under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which could be further extended.

It is understood the man was arrested after he presented himself at a Cork city garda station at 9pm on Wednesday

He is now being questioned at the Bridewell garda station.

A file on the matter will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardaí in Cavan have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incident last Sunday night or who has information about it to assist the in their investigation.

They have also appealed to anyone who was driving on the Dublin road in Ballyjamesduff between 10.30pm and midnight and who may have dash-cam footage to contact them.

Door-to-door inquiries have also taken place in the Cavan area.

Detectives are now awaiting the results of forensic tests conducted by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

It is understood that a Polish man is due to appear in court in Cavan this morning in connection with the murder of Mr Swider on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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