Saturday 26 May 2018

Murder investigation launched following death of Martin Kivlehan (59)

Martin Kivlehan
Martin Kivlehan
The body of a man is removed from a house on Holborn Street in Sligo Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8

Tom Brady and Paddy Clancy

A man and woman have been arrested by gardai investigating the death of a man found fatally stabbed in his home.

The man, who is in his late twenties, and the woman, who is in her mid twenties, were arrested by gardai last night.

Martin Kivlehan (59) was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Sligo town yesterday afternoon.

The man and woman were arrested in the Sligo town area late last night.

They are currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Sligo Garda Station.

It comes less than 24 hours after gardai seized a knife for forensic examination after the discovery of the body of Mr Kivlehan.

The grim find was made at the man's home at Holborn Street in Sligo at lunchtime yesterday.

He was identified locally last night as Martin Kivlehan, who lived alone in the apartment.

The scene was examined late last night by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

A knife found close to the body was taken away for forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau, who had been called in by local investigators.

An incident room has been set up at Sligo Garda station.

Dr Curtis carried out a post mortem examination of Mr Kivlehan's body at Sligo General Hospital this morning, which confirmed that Mr Kivlehan died as a result of a stabbing. A murder investigation has been launched.

The body was found at 1pm by a local man who was visiting the apartment.

Mr Kivlehan, who was also known as Matt, was a member of a well-known family in the area and had worked in the past as a carpenter.

The scene was sealed off throughout the afternoon, pending the arrival of the forensic experts, while shocked neighbours gathered outside the apartment block, which is near the town centre.

Although a carpenter by trade and a specialist in cabinet-making, Mr Kivlehan is understood to have been out of work in recent years.

He is believed to have suffered from ill health and had a chest illness.

One friend, who asked not to be named, said he was stunned by the sudden death of Mr Kivlehan.

"You could not ask to meet a more gentle person. I never heard Matt raise his voice to anybody in his life.

"He was a lovely warm man who used to do some work for me," the friend added.

Publican Jackie Brennan, who owns the nearby Rendezvous Bar, was also a friend of the late Mr Kivlehan.

He said: "He was a wonderful musician and played a number of instruments, especially the guitar.

"He was the nicest fellow you could meet - a bit placid and timid."

Mr Kivlehan was one of a family of seven and had three brothers and three sisters.

Gardaí last night said they were investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Mr Kivlehan's body.

Irish Independent

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