Saturday 17 March 2018

Murder probe under way after man (56) knifed

Tom Brady and  Louise Hogan

A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man was knifed in the stomach during a row in a housing complex in inner city Dublin.

Three men were drinking in a flat at the Ballybough housing complex, off Poplar Row, before an altercation broke out in the late afternoon.

A 56-year-old man was stabbed with a blade, causing extensive injuries to the stomach area. Emergency services were alerted at 5.10pm and an advance paramedic vehicle rushed to the scene.

The Mater Hospital was placed on standby due to the extent of his injuries. He was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead at 8.45pm.

Two men – one aged 46 and the other 53 – were arrested at the scene and taken to Mountjoy garda station for questioning. They can be held without charge for 24 hours under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The stabbing occurred in a flat on the first floor of the four-floor housing complex.

One neighbour said the victim stumbled from the apartment and collapsed.


Two men then attempted to resuscitate him and they were heard asking him to 'wake up'.

However, several other neighbours said they knew nothing of the incident until the ambulance arrived on the scene.

Gardai sealed off the flat for forensic examination and officers are also expected to go door-to-door in the complex to try and piece together a full picture of the altercation.

CCTV cameras had been installed around the complex, and footage is expected to be viewed as part of the investigation.

The state pathologist's office has also been informed.

It is the third serious violent incident so far this week. Mark Cooke (23) was hospitalised after an assault at St James's Walk, Rialto, Dublin, on Tuesday evening.

In Co Mayo, a vigil was being held last night after two elderly brothers, Jack and Tom Blaine, were beaten to death at their home some time between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Their bodies were found by a care worker.

Councillor Christy Burke said his deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the man stabbed in Ballybough House.

"I'd appeal to people who may have seen or heard something to come forward and contact gardai," he added.

Irish Independent

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