Monday 19 August 2019

Boy (15) is main suspect in stab death of Lorcan O'Reilly

Floral tributes at the scene at Oliver Bond flat complex where Lorcan O’Reilly was stabbed; the teenage suspect has links to gangland figure ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson
Lorcan O'Reilly
Gardai and forensic experts comb the scene at the Oliver Bond Street flats complex where Lorcan O’Reilly was fatally stabbed
Fat Freddie Thompson

Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

Gardai are still seeking to quiz a key suspect in the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly, a 15-year-old boy with links to gangland figure 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

Despite fears that the boy may have fled the country, detectives are said to be confident that they will be able to interview the teen.

Mr O'Reilly (21) was stabbed to death in the south city Oliver Bond flats complex in the capital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It is believed the young man from Robert Emmet Close was stabbed as he tried to stop a fight.

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


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

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

Senior sources last night told the Herald that gardai were "very happy" with the progress in the investigation.

The teen with links to Freddie Thompson remains a key suspect in the case.

"There has been no sign of him and there have been reports that the teenager may have fled the country. 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 Herald previously revealed that the teenager 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 investigation. A large number of witnesses who were present on the morning of the murder have been interviewed.

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 appealed for witnesses to the incident, in particular, present at the flats complex between 2am and 3am on Sunday November 1, to contact them at Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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