Monday 20 November 2017

I touched him and I knew straight away, says dad who found son's body

Thomas McKenna right, the father of murder victim Tyrone McKenna, with Tyrone's sister Revenna. Photo: Collins
Thomas McKenna right, the father of murder victim Tyrone McKenna, with Tyrone's sister Revenna. Photo: Collins
Tyrone McKenna
Officers at the house in Rathfarnam, Co Dublin, where Tyrone McKenna was found dead. Photo: Collins

Tom Brady and Luke Byrne

Tyrone McKenna was stabbed twice in the upstairs of his home before he staggered down the stairs and collapsed.

A woman, who was well known to the victim, is being questioned by gardai, about the savage attack.

She is to be charged in connection with the death of Mr McKenna this morning.

Gardai have recovered a large kitchen knife, which they believe was used in the killing.

The knife was found during a detailed search of the house in the Marley Court estate in Rathfarnham, south Co Dublin and taken away for forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

A post-mortem examination on the body of 42-year-old Mr McKenna was carried out yesterday by Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, and confirmed he had died from a stab wound in the back. He was also stabbed in the shoulder.

Gardai are now satisfied he was stabbed upstairs in the house on Thursday.

He stumbled downstairs, leaving a trail of blood behind him and then collapsed at the bottom, where his body was discovered by his father, who returned home around 5pm.

His father, Thomas, yesterday spoke about the horrific moments when he returned to his house in the quiet estate and made the grim find.

"I came back to the house after going out that morning. He was there at the foot of the stairs. I touched him and I knew straight away. I rang 999," he said. "I don't know how long he was dead at that stage. He was kind of slumped on the last few steps. It was as if he had slid down, there was blood on the wall, there was blood on the landing."

He added: "My son didn't deserve this. I want to find out what happened, and start putting it behind me."

The dead man's mother Theresa lives in Surrey in England, and Mr McKenna said: "She was in such a state of shock when we rang her, she had to put the phone down." He said that he could still see his son's body as he found him.

Investigating gardai arrested a woman, who is in her 40s, in the Rathfarnham area yesterday morning and she was taken for questioning to Blackrock station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.

She can be detained without charge for a maximum of 24 hours, excluding rest periods.

The suspect's period of detention was extended by a senior officer yesterday afternoon. Gardai said last night they were following a definite line of inquiry and were satisfied with the progress so far.

The victim's sister, Revenna, who was at the scene yesterday, said: "It doesn't seem real."

She said her brother was a music lover. "He used to be involved in radio stations, he loved that," she said.

Locals were shocked. One neighbour said: "I knew him as a lovely, young man. The family have been there longer than us, which is 25 years."

Irish Independent

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