Saturday 18 November 2017

Three arrested over fatal stabbing of man (25) in laneway

Gardai are investigating the fatal stabbing in Co Clare
Gardai are investigating the fatal stabbing in Co Clare

Cathal McMahon & Louise Kelly

Gardaí have arrested three men in connection with a fatal stabbing in Co Clare overnight.

A 25-year-old man was attacked in a laneway in the Marion Estate in Kilkee at approximately 1.15am.

The man received serious stab wounds and was removed to Limerick University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A 22-year-old man was arrested a short time later in connection with the incident.

He is currently detained at Kilrush Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 Criminal Justice Act – 1984.

Gardaí arrested a second man - also aged in his early 20s - and he is currently detained at Kilrush Garda station.

Shortly after 4pm gardaí confirmed that they had arrested a third man, aged in his 20s, in the West Clare area.

He is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Ennis Garda Station.

Independent.ie understands that both the victim and the suspect were living locally in Kilkee.

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.

The victim was from a well known local family.

He previously survived a crash in the earlier part of the last decade that killed his older sister.

He was given just a 20pc chance after undergoing heart surgery in Dublin but he survived.

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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