Civil servant held as gardai probe fatal city stabbing
A CIVIL servant is being questioned by gardai about the fatal stabbing of a 45-year-old man at the weekend.
David Sheridan was attacked on the street after an earlier row with another customer at a Dublin inner-city takeaway on Sunday night.
Gardai believe the customer ran home and returned with a kitchen knife, which he used to stab Mr Sheridan several times in the stomach and back.
Investigating officers arrested the government employee yesterday morning in the north inner city after studying CCTV footage of the incident and interviewing potential witnesses to the attack.
The civil servant was taken to the murder hunt headquarters at Mountjoy garda station, where he was questioned throughout the day by detectives.
He was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which meant he could be detained without charge for up to 24 hours.
The murder weapon has not yet been found but a search for the knife is continuing in the area.
A father of three, Mr Sheridan, who was known as Gummy to his friends, was found in a critical condition on the street at North Strand.
He was rushed by fire brigade ambulance to the Mater Hospital but died little over 12 hours later.
His brother, Gerry (52), said the stab wounds were so severe that Mr Sheridan could not have survived.
Mr Sheridan became involved in an argument with his alleged killer as he waited to purchase food at Luigi's takeaway premises at North Strand in the north inner city.
The other customer left the premises but returned minutes later and as Mr Sheridan walked outside he was subjected to a vicious attack with a knife.
Gardai carried out extensive house-to-house inquiries in the area on Monday and also interviewed people who were near the scene at the time of the assault or had visited the takeaway. Footage was also taken from a number of CCTV cameras in the locality.
A description of the attacker was circulated to gardai working in the north inner city, and after making progress in the investigation, senior officers decided to make an early arrest.