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Forensic examination: Gardaí at the scene in Enniscorthy. Picture: Patrick Browne

Forensic examination: Gardaí at the scene in Enniscorthy. Picture: Patrick Browne

Forensic examination: Gardaí at the scene in Enniscorthy. Picture: Patrick Browne

Gardaí are set to launch a murder probe over the fatal stabbing of a 43-year-old Eastern European man at a Wexford house party.

The man, named locally as Przemyslaw Klimczuk, is originally from Poland but had been working for several years in north Wexford at a local meat plant and a bakery.

He suffered stab wounds to his torso in a dispute which erupted shortly after 12am on Friday in a property at the Ashbrook estate outside Enniscorthy.

A number of people were socialising in the property at the time.

It is understood the deceased had been drinking with an Irish man since early Thursday afternoon.

When a dispute erupted at midnight, the Polish man suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso.

He collapsed, and shocked occupants of the house immediately contacted gardaí.

Within a few minutes, gardaí and paramedics arrived at the scene but, despite desperate efforts to stabilise his condition, he was pronounced dead before he could be transferred to Wexford General Hospital.

Gardaí later recovered a blood-stained knife at the property.

Detectives arrested a 42-year-old man a short distance away.

The man, who is from north Wexford, was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and taken to Enniscorthy garda station.

He can be questioned for an initial period of 24 hours.

Gardaí preserved the scene to allow for a full technical examination by forensic experts.

Detectives also commenced door-to-door inquiries to determine if locals had seen or heard anything suspicious on Thursday evening or the early hours of Friday morning.

Gardaí are now trying to trace everyone who was at the property on Thursday evening.

The body of the deceased was scheduled to be transferred to hospital for a full post-mortem examination by the State Pathologist.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the post-mortem findings.

They have appealed for any witnesses to the incident and for anyone with information to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station on (053) 9233534, the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666111 or any garda station.

Locals described Mr Klimczuk as a very hard-working man who was devoted to his family.

Irish Independent