Thursday 22 February 2018

Murder probe launched as man dies after being stabbed in Blanchardstown, Dublin

A SERIES of stupid rows between two couples are believed to be behind the fatal stabbing of a man in his early twenties in Blanchardstown, Dublin early today.

It is understood that a couple having an argument sparked the attention of another couple and words were exchanged.

The man, who was later fatally injured, produced a meat cleaver while the other man got a knife and stabbed him several times in the stomach.

Gardai were called to Fortlawn Avenue, Blanchardstown shortly after 1.30am this morning and the victim was taken to Connolly Hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

They have now launched a murder investigation and the scene is being preserved pending forensic examination by Garda Crime Scene Investigators.

One male in his early 20s, were arrested close to the scene and taken to the Blanchardstown Garda Station, where he is being detained under Section 4 of Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have information to contact them at Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 - 6667000, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Paul Donnelly, Dublin West Sinn Fein representative, branded the stabbing a senseless and brutal crime.

"Sadly, knife crime is becoming more and more prevalent in our society," he said.

"This morning's attack in nearby Fortlawn is a brutal and senseless act.

"I want to make a strong appeal to anybody who may have any information on this crime to please contact the Gardai in Blanchardstown immediately.

"I also want to appeal to young people to please desist from carrying knives."

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