Saturday 25 January 2020

Stabbing victim previously survived horror road crash that killed his sister and friend

  • Karl Haugh died in hospital after he was attacked in Co Clare estate
  • Three men arrested over attack
  • His sister Stacey was killed in 2003 crash that left Karl with just a 20pc chance of survival
  • Friends pay tribute to victim who 'changed his life for the better'
Karl Haugh
Karl Haugh

Cathal McMahon, Claire Fox and Ian Begley

A young man who was stabbed to death in a laneway this morning previously survived a horror road crash that killed his sister and her friend.

The victim, named locally as Karl Haugh (25), was attacked in the Marion Estate in Kilkee, Co Clare at approximately 1.15am.

The father-of-one was knifed several times before being removed to Limerick University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the fatal attack and they are being questioned at various stations in Co Clare this evening.

Gardai at one of the scenes at Marion Estate, Kilkee Co Clare where a man was fatally stabbed. Photograph by Eamon Ward
Gardai at one of the scenes at Marion Estate, Kilkee Co Clare where a man was fatally stabbed. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Mr Haugh, who was known as 'Gobbo', was from a well-known local family.

The young man, who is from the town, 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) and being driven by then 15-year-old David Naughton crashed at Moyarta Carrigaholt.

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

Karl Haugh
Karl Haugh

This morning friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to Mr with one woman saying "Kilkee will never be the same without you".

She said: "I can't believe we woke up to the news you were gone Gobo. We were just with your mother. She's in bits. She doesn't know what to do with herself.

"Kilkee will never be the same without you. You changed your whole life for the better with college and a six-month baby girl. RIP Gobo, you're loved and going to be missed by so many."

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

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

The town is a popular destination for tourists from Munster, especially nearby Limerick City.

Gardaí have recovered a knife which they believe was used in the stabbing.

A source said a number of people were present at the time of the attack.

Detectives hope to speak to all those who were present at the time of the attack.

A senior source said this attack was not connected to any gangland feud and was most likely as a result of a local dispute.

"These men would be known to each other. They are not considered serious criminals.

"This would appear to be a fight that may have just got out of hand."

Clare councillor Cathal Crowe (FF) said: "Kilkee is a bustling tourist town that's renowned for being safe, friendly and welcoming to all.

"This awful incident has left the people of the locality reeling with shock and deep sadness. I personally want to express my deepest sympathies to the family of this young man."

Gardai have appealed to witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the incident or have information  to contact them at Kilrush Garda Station 065-9080550, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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