Wednesday 24 January 2018

Gardaí investigating fatal street stabbing appeal for two young women 'who may have witnessed an incident'

Scene of the stabbing on New Street, Waterford
Scene of the stabbing on New Street, Waterford

Louise Kelly and Cathal McMahon

Gardaí have appealed for two young women who may have witnessed the fatal stabbing of a young man to come forward.

The victim, named locally as James Banville from Clonroche, Co Wexford, died of stab wounds following an altercation with another man in the early hours of the morning in Waterford.

Scene of the stabbing in New Street Waterford
Scene of the stabbing in New Street Waterford

Gardai arrived at the scene on New Street in Waterford City shortly before 3.30am in response to a call from a member of the public.

Mr Ganville was discovered and and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.

He was pronounced dead on arrival. It is understood that he was visiting the city for the night.

A 35-year-old man was arrested nearby and is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Waterford Garda Station.

Now a fresh appeal has been made for witnesses.

In a statement gardaí said: "Gardaí in Waterford investigating a fatal stabbing in the city this morning are appealing for information.

"In particular they are appealing to two young women who were in Johns Lane at the Park Lane Apartments between 3am and 4am this morning and who may have witnessed an incident to contact the incident room at Waterford on 051-305300, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination and the State Pathologist have been notified.

The Garda Technical Bureau has attended the scene.

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