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Saturday 25 November 2017

Man stabbed 'up to 40 times' - gardai upgrade probe to murder

Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Supt Noel Carolan, Balbriggan Garda station, at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Cathal McMahon and Gavin White

GARDAI investigating after a body was discovered on Friday have upgraded their inquiry to murder.

The grim discovery of the man's body was made in north Dublin at approximately 10.40am.

He is understood to have been stabbed up to 40 times.

Gardai do not believe that the murder is gang related.

Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Gardai at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The man's remains were discovered in a laneway off the Ballyboughal to Oldtown Road (R129), approximately a kilometre outside Ballyboughal.

It is understood the body was found in or near a ditch.

Superintendent Noel Carolan from Balbriggan Garda station said at a media briefing this afternoon:

"We're appealing to anybody who might have been in the area [Friday morning or Thursday evening]. We're not entirely sure how far back this man's body actually came to the scene here.

Supt Noel Carolan, Balbriggan Garda station, at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Supt Noel Carolan, Balbriggan Garda station, at the scene near Ballyboughal in north Co. Dublin where the remains of a man were discovered in a ditch at the side of the road. Picture; Gerry Mooney

"Anyone who was here over the last day or two who saw anything suspicious or unusual like vehicles or people in the area to get in contact with us at Balbriggan Garda station.

"We'd like anyone who was his family, his work colleagues, would be in a position to come forward and let us know when they last saw him."

He said investigating officers are satisfied the man met a violent end:

"We are satisfied it is a violent death, and we are at a stage where we have commenced a murder investigation.

"We don't have any reports of anyone missing in the area or locality.

"It looks as if he could have been there overnight or maybe even a couple of days before that."

They do not believe the area the body was recovered was where the stabbing took place:

"In all probability we are probably looking at a situation where the fatal injuries did not take place here.

"It probably means there is more than just one scene."

He confirmed they believe the victim is aged in his 30s and also believe he is not Irish.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses or to anyone with information to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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