Murder probe as pensioner stabbed in back at home
GARDAI have launched a murder investigation after a pensioner was stabbed in the back at his home.
Father-of-three Patrick Redmond (65) was found by gardai in a critical condition inside his apartment at Mount Kennett Place, Limerick city, at around 2am.
Mr Redmond, a Dublin native who had been living in Limerick for a number of years, was rushed by ambulance to hospital where he died from his injuries at 8am.
A post-mortem conducted last night at University Hospital Limerick confirmed he sustained a single stab wound in the back. It's believed a kitchen knife was used.
No one has been arrested and gardai as yet have no clear motive.
The victim, who was living alone, was estranged from his wife, with whom he had three daughters. His family were last night described as devastated.
The inner city apartment block is located just off the Dock Road, a stone's throw from Henry Street.
A woman – who did not want to be named and who resides at the apartment block – said she was frightened living there.
"My first reaction was I was shocked. I was shocked and scared," she said.
"I don't feel safe in these apartments. I have lived here for three years," she added.
Gardai, after receiving a phone call alerting them to the building, discovered Mr Redmond in a serious condition. It is not known at this point who contacted gardai to tell them about Mr Redmond.
The first-floor apartment of the five-storey building remained sealed off as a garda forensic team continued to examine it for DNA and other forensic information.
Door-to-door enquiries were under way, while a dedicated garda unit is working on securing CCTV footage from the area.
Gardai would not comment on whether a weapon had been found. The post-mortem was carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.
Superintendent Dan Keane confirmed a full-scale investigation was under way, with an incident room set up at Henry Street garda station.
"Gardai were called to the scene shortly after 2am and a man was removed to Limerick University Hospital where he subsequently died a few hours later," said Supt Keane.
He appealed for witnesses or anyone who may have any information, or who was in the Mount Kennett Place area between 10pm and 2am yesterday morning, to contact them at 061 212400.