Saturday 18 November 2017

Man killed in stabbing attack 'was harmless'

Murdoch had no links to serious crime or drug trade, gardai say

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

The young man stabbed to death in west Dublin in the early hours of yesterday was described as well liked and "harmless" by neighbours.

John Murdoch, 23, is understood to have been stabbed twice in the chest -- one strike hitting him in the heart -- and was pronounced dead on arrival at Tallaght General Hospital shortly after 12.30am.

He had been with friends earlier, celebrating local soccer team Shamrock Rovers' success in qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League.

He was found lying in a pool of blood in Cushlawn Dale, a modern cul de sac development of private apartments and townhouses beside the public authority Cushlawn Park estate.

He lived nearby with his parents, Annette and John, in Donomore Crescent.

According to locals there was a party going on in an apartment nearby at the time of the killing and gardai want to speak to young people who were in attendance and may have seen something. A black Seat car parked in the cul de sac was removed by gardai yesterday for technical examination.

People in the area yesterday said no one noticed an altercation or shouting and the first they knew of the stabbing was when the emergency services arrived. A neighbour of the Murdoch family, who have lived in the area for decades, said the family was very well liked and John had a wide circle of friends. He had no links to serious crime or drugs, according to gardai.

A local community worker who asked not to be named said: "He was a harmless young fellow. Annette is a great woman. This place has gone down. It's the knife now in a row. There is no respect for guards now. There was a time when you would heed a guard."

Friends said the family did not wish to make a statement.

Local councillor Maire Devine said the killing had marred what otherwise was a time of great pride in Tallaght at the success for Shamrock Rovers.

Ms Devine said: "It was a proud night for Tallaght but this has really darkened the mood. It's tragic for the family, my heart goes out to them. All help needs to be given to the gardai to catch the perpetrators."

John Murdoch was the third young man to die after being stabbed in Dublin this year.

Gardai are still to bring charges in relation to the deaths of Kevin Kenny, 32, who died after being attacked by a number of other men at Sarsfield Road in Ballyfermot on July 31. Kenny had connections with serious crime and drugs gangs. He was stabbed during a late-night row.

Seven teenagers, one aged 15, were questioned in connection with the stabbing to death of David Byrne, 19, in Inchicore in March. A young and, gardai say, highly dangerous teenage gang attacked Mr Byrne as a result of a row over a local girl.

Gardai yesterday appealed to anyone who was in the Cushlawn area at around the time of the killing to ring Tallaght station on 01 6666000 or use the confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Sunday Independent

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