Wednesday 25 April 2018

Man suspected of cold-case murder arrested over serious stabbing of Jamie Hennessy

EXCLUSIVE: Armed gardaí keep watch on victim who remains in a 'critical condition'

Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A suspect in a high-profile cold case murder was one of those arrested this weekend over a stabbing that has left another man in a critical condition.

Gardaí are now investigating if the serious stabbing of Jamie Hennessy in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny is connected to the murder of Gerry Nolan (44) whose mobile home was locked and set on fire while he was in it more than 11 years ago

Yesterday Independent.ie revealed that another man questioned over the attack on Mr Hennessy (22) at the weekend was previously arrested by gardaí over the fatal stabbing of Kieran Monahan in Kilkenny city in February 2012.

Mr Hennessy remains in a critical condition in St Luke's Hospital in the city this afternoon after he was stabbed in the neck, chest and foot on Saturday evening.

He was discovered on Love Lane at approximately 7pm.  Gardaí arrested three men, two aged in their 30s and one in his 40s, on Saturday.

All three were released late on Sunday and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

A source has revealed that armed gardaí are keeping a close watch on Mr Hennessy as he fights for his life in hospital over fears of a further attack. Doctors are particularly concerned about a wound to his neck and have had difficulty stopping the bleeding.

Detectives in Kilkenny are carrying out a major investigation into the serious stabbing.

One theory being examined is that the attack is connected to the murder of Mr Nolan on July 24, 2006.

Nobody has been convicted of the crime which took place more than 11 years ago.

Gerry Nolan, (44) died in his mobile home which was locked and set on fire in Deerpark, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny on July, 24 2006. 
Gerry Nolan, (44) died in his mobile home which was locked and set on fire in Deerpark, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny on July, 24 2006. 

Five men were arrested at the time but no charges were filed.

In 2015 the case was upgraded to murder and two men then aged 27 and 30 were arrested but they were eventually freed without charge.

Independent.ie has learned that it is one of these men who was arrested over this weekend's attack.

Mr Hennessy had no involvement in the death of Mr Nolan.

A second man arrested over Mr Hennessy's stabbing was previously questioned by gardaí as part of the investigation into the fatal stabbing of Kieran Monahan on Valentine's Day in 2012.

Mr Monahan was discovered with fatal injuries at the scene and and a 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene after he was discovered clutching a bloody knife. However a decision was made not to prosecute after the suspect claimed he was defending his home under the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011.

This man has no connection to the latest incident.

However a second man, a close friend of Mr Monahan, was also questioned as part of the investigation and a source revealed that this man has was arrested in connection with the attack on Mr Hennessy.

Mr Monahan's sister Susan told Independent.ie she was disgusted that these men are still "walking the streets".

"We just want to see justice for all."

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