Friday 23 March 2018

Murder ruled out as man dies after attack with sword

Mark O'Regan and Sam Griffin

Gardai have said an incident during which a man was assaulted and stabbed with a samurai sword is now being investigated as violent disorder.

The attack occurred at around 5.30pm yesterday when a row broke out outside houses at Avonbeg Gardens in Tallaght.

03/09/15. The scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght
03/09/15. The scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght
The scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght

The victim has been named locally as Karl Holmes, a 45-year-old former boxer. It is understood he was stabbed after he was beaten with "blunt instruments" by a group of people when he arrived in the area to settle a dispute.

While initially a murder investigation was launched, following the post mortem results this was changed to one of violent disorder.

Scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght last night
Scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght last night
Scene at Avonbeg Gardens Tallaght last night

Sources said Mr Holmes, from nearby Homelawn Drive in Tallaght, was planning to confront associates of a dissident Republican over an alleged attack on a young person when he was attacked. He died later in hospital.

A convicted criminal, Mr Holmes was previously jailed for causing grievous bodily harm to an acquaintance who died three days after being headbutted.

A 34-year-old woman living near the scene of last night's attack told the Irish Independent she saw two women trying to help the victim as he lay unconscious on the roadway.

"A lot of people had gathered around where it happened. I could see the man lying on the road," she said. "There were two women kneeling beside him trying to help him. They had put a jumper or a jacket under his head to try and make him comfortable.

"He was lying on his side but he didn't appear to be moving. The women were just trying to comfort him. The women stayed with him until the gardaí and the fire brigade arrived.

"It's terrible what happened. People were shocked arriving home from work to see this. We just hope there won't be any repercussions in the area," she added.

Superintendent Peter Duff at Tallaght Garda Station appealed to anyone who was in the Avonbeg Gardens area between 16:30pm to 18.00pm yesterday to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked called the incident room at Tallaght Garda Station on 01-666 6000.

Irish Independent

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