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Sunday 18 August 2019

Murder probe launched into Halloween killing

Cassie Dempsey (4) looks at flowers near the scene of the stabbing at the Oliver Bond flat complex. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Cassie Dempsey (4) looks at flowers near the scene of the stabbing at the Oliver Bond flat complex. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the death of a 21-year-old Lorcan O'Reilly who was fatally stabbed in Dublin.

It is believed that Mr O'Reilly, from Robert Emmet Close, was stabbed as he attempted to stop a fight.

The incident happened at approximately 2.30am on Sunday morning as the young man was enjoying the Halloween festivities.

He received a single stab wound to the heart, and was rushed to St James' Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post mortem has been carried out by the State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster

Senior sources last night said gardai were "very happy" with the progress being made in the murder investigation.

A 15-year-old boy who has close links to gangland figure 'Fat' Freddie Thompson remains a key suspect in the case, but gardai have not yet interviewed him.

"There has been no sign of him and there have been reports that the teenager may have fled the country. But either way gardai are confident that they will be able to get to him when they need to," the source said. "The juvenile remains a person of major interest in this case."

The 15-year-old had been involved in a number of violent incidents in the south-inner city over the past year. His "threatening behaviour" had been a cause of concern for local gardai.

Around 30 gardai are working on the murder case. A large number of witnesses who were present on the morning of the murder have already been interviewed.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Superintendent Patrick McMenamin of Kevin Street Garda Station acknowledged the "excellent assistance and co-operation received from the community of the Oliver Bond complex".

He reiterated that he is appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to come forward, in particular anyone who was in the Oliver Bond Flats Complex between 2am and 3am on Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 6669400, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. The death of Mr O'Reilly was one of six knife attacks on a night of chaos in the capital that also left two men fighting for their lives in hospital.

David Cooper (22), from Dromheath Grove, is in a critical condition in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown after he was stabbed several times while at a bonfire yards from his family home in the Dromheath estate in west Dublin.

The other man fighting for his life is Mark Delaney (25), from Temple View Avenue in Clarehall. He was attacked with knives and hurleys in the area in what was described as a large fight at approximately 1.10am on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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