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Murder probe into stabbing of young man

A 31-year-old man was in Garda custody in Cork yesterday in connection with the murder of a man who was found stabbed to death in a shed at the rear of a terraced house in Gurranabraher in the city.

Gardai received a phone call at 6.40am yesterday and went to a house on St Rita's Avenue where they discovered the body of a man.

The victim was named last night as Lee McCarthy, who is 25 years old and originally from London. He had lived in Cork City for several years.

Mr McCarthy was 5'10" with a shaven head and was wearing a white t-shirt and navy jeans when he was killed. He is not thought to have had any connection with the occupants of the two-storey house.

The area where the body was discovered was cordoned off yesterday and the scene was preserved for technical examination. A team of forensic experts made their way to the house yesterday to examine the scene while Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out a preliminary examination at the house before the body was taken to Cork University Hospital for a post mortem examination.

The death has shocked locals in the mature residential area. Marian Harrington, who lives next door to where the body was found, said she was in "a state of shock" after hearing the news of the grim discovery.

"I can't believe it. I was shaking like an ivy leaf when I heard. We were sleeping in the back bedroom and I didn't hear a sound during the night. To wake up to news like this -- I am not the better of it. I ran out and asked the garda and they said they couldn't comment. I was worried about the lady who lives in the house."

Another resident of St Rita's Avenue, May Weldon, said she was amazed to hear such news on such a "quiet avenue".

"I can't believe it. My daughter woke me this morning after she heard it on the news. It it shocking."

The man being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Gurranabraher Garda station yesterday can be held for up to 24 hours. He had gone to the Garda station voluntarily before being formally arrested.

It is understood gardai are investigating whether the killing may be related to an attempted robbery. However, they are keeping an open mind in relation to the case and several possibilities are being explored.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the St Rita's Avenue area between 5am and 7am yesterday is asked to contact gardai in Gurranabraher Station on (021) 4946200.

Sunday Independent