Monday 16 July 2018

Man (21) charged over fatal Bank Holiday stabbing of father Karl Haugh

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Gardaí have charged a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a father in a Co Clare estate in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Karl Haugh died in University Hospital Limerick after he was stabbed near his home in the Marion Estate in Kilkee at 1.15am.

Three men were arrested in connection with the attack and this evening gardaí confirmed that they have charged one man in relation to the incident.

The 21-year-old man will appear before Ennis District Court at 11 am tomorrow.

Gardaí say the two other men, arrested in relation to the investigation, have been released without charge.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Funeral details for Haugh were released this evening. A heartbreaking message online read:

"The death has occurred of Karl Haugh, Marian Estate, Kilkee. Brother of the late Stacey. Sadly mourned by his mother Bridget, father Joseph, baby daughter, grandmother Delia, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends."

He will be buried after funeral mass on Wednesday in Kilkee.

The young man previously survived a crash in 2003 that killed his older sister Stacey.

Mr Haugh was just 11 when the car he was travelling in with Stacey (16) and Lorna Mahoney (13) crashed at Moyarta Carrigaholt. The car was driven by then 15-year-old David Naughton.

The girls died at the scene while Karl subsequently underwent heart surgery in Dublin with a 20pc chance of living, but he survived.

As news of the fatal attack reached the popular seaside town, many locals told of their shock.

"Karl was very popular around the town and would always salute me whenever he saw me walking past," said one neighbour. "I saw him grow up since the day he was born and when I heard what happened I nearly passed out with the shock."

It is understood that Mr Haugh had recently become a father to a baby girl and had returned to college.

Yesterday morning, friends took to Facebook to pay tribute, with one woman saying: "Kilkee will never be the same without you. I can't believe we woke up to the news you were gone Gobbo. We were just with your mother. She's in bits. She doesn't know what to do with herself. You changed your whole life for the better with college and a six-month baby girl. RIP Gobbo, you're loved and going to be missed by so many."

Another friend posted that she hoped Mr Haugh would "sleep tight".

"Say hi to Stacey for us, I know she's up there waiting for you," she said.

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