Saturday 20 January 2018

Man was stabbed to death 'in argument over game of poker'

  • The victim (40) was stabbed outside house at around 11pm on Sunday night
  • Tributes paid to Polish national who was 'a very nice man and an extremely hard worker'
  • Appeal for information and dashcam footage
  • No arrests made, investigation ongoing
The scene of the fatal stabbing on the Dublin Road in Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan.
Pic Steve Humphreys
1st January 2018
The scene of the fatal stabbing on the Dublin Road in Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan. Pic Steve Humphreys 1st January 2018

Ian Begley

A STABBING victim is believed to have died following a dispute over a card game.

The Polish man, named locally as Marek Swider, is believed to have been living in Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff with several of his compatriots.

The victim (40) was stabbed outside the property at around 11pm on Sunday night.

Traces of blood could still be seen yesterday around the front door as gardaí continued to investigate the circumstances of his death.

Neighbours of the victim said they believed that men were playing cards in the house when a confrontation occurred.

“They were all playing poker on New Year’s Eve and at one stage an argument broke out,” said one neighbour, who did not want to be named.

“It then fell out onto the street and unfortunately one of the men ended up getting stabbed.

“There was never any trouble in that house before and it’s very sad to hear something like this happening so close by,” she said.

It is understood that the victim worked in Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff.

A former co-worker and neighbour of the victim described him as a “very nice man”.

“I still can’t believe it,” said the South African national.

“I was out last night, but when I came home I saw the gardaí everywhere and knew something bad had happened.

“When I found out that a person I used to work with had died, I felt a lot of sadness – it’s really terrible.”

The former work colleague added: “He was a very nice man and an extremely hard worker. He didn’t have any children and shared his house with about five other Polish men.”

The victim was rushed to Cavan General Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 9.30 yesterday morning.

Gardaí have been in contact with his family in Poland and a family liaison officer has been appointed.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination last night, with the Garda Technical Bureau in attendance.

“The post mortem has concluded and for operational reasons the results are not being disclosed at this stage,” said a Garda spokesperson.

No arrests have yet been made in what is an ongoing investigation.

Officers made door-to-door enquiries throughout the day in the hope that local residents may be in a position to help them with their investigation.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was driving on the Dublin road, Ballyjamesduff between 10.30pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve to contact them.

They are also calling on members of the Polish community, or any member of the public with information that may assist the investigation, to contact the station in Baileboro on (042) 969 4570.

Callers may also ring the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111 or indeed any garda station.

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