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Monday 24 September 2018

Pictured: Murder probe launched after Gerard (63) dies in vicious stabbing at his home

  • Man (63) 'slashed in the neck' at his Dublin home
  • Suspect fled the scene in a stolen car, later arrested
Gerard Fortune (inset), who died after a stabbing at his home in Crumlin
Gerard Fortune (inset), who died after a stabbing at his home in Crumlin

Conor Feehan, Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

A 63-year-old man has died after a vicious stabbing at his home in south Dublin.

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation into the incident on Rutland Grove, Crumlin.

The man was stabbed at his home by a male at around 8pm last night.

Sources said that the victim suffered an arterial bleed after being slashed in the neck.

It is understood that the suspect then fled the scene in a stolen car.

Neighbours today reacted with shock at the violent events that took place in the quiet Crumlin estate of Rutland Grover yesterday evening.

Gardaí investigate the stabbing of a man at a house on Rutland Grove, Crumlin, Dublin, last night. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí investigate the stabbing of a man at a house on Rutland Grove, Crumlin, Dublin, last night. Photo: Arthur Carron

The victim, named locally as Gerard Fortune, worked in St James's Hospital as a carer according to one local.

"He was a lovely man, a quiet man. We just can't believe what's happened," one neighbour told Independent.ie.

"We didn't hear anything until a garda came and knocked at the door. We're all in shock," she added.

The scene was preserved by Gardai overnight pending a forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardai had placed large black plastic sheets over the driveway and the pavement outside to preserve potential evidence.

A Mazda car in the driveway was also covered pending forensic analysis.

There was no signs of forced entry to the mid-terrace house, and a garda was posted outside to preserve the scene.

Gardaí had been alerted and a manhunt was launched across Dublin 12 and the south-inner city area yesterday evening after the suspect fled, and Garda districts across the country were alerted with his details.

The suspect was later arrested in the Blanchardstown area of west Dublin.

The victim was brought to St James's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The exact motive behind the killing has not yet been established, but it is understood that the victim was known to the chief suspect.

A source last night said that the suspect had been "on a rampage" over the recent days leading up to the killing.

"He was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving the day before this stabbing, and was in a very bad state," the source said.

"This is still a live and active investigation," the source added. "The exact circumstances in which this stabbing took place have yet to be fully established."

The incident is under investigation by detectives at Sundrive Road garda station, Crumlin and grdai are appealing to the public for information.

Speaking at Sundrive Road Station today, Superintendent Michael Cryan said: "We are appealing to anyone who was in the Rutland Grove/ Clogher Road area of Dublin 12 between 8pm and 8.15pm on Sunday August 19 2018 to come forward.

"We are also trying to trace the movements of a Red Toyota Yaris, described as 4 door hatchback with L plates and partial registration 04-WW, that was driven from the scene at Rutland Grove at about 8pm before it was recovered at approximately 8.20pm at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.

"We would also appeal to anyone with dashcam footage from the Rutland Grove or Connolly Hospital areas in and around the specified times to make it available to investigators."

The office of the State Pathologist was notified and a post mortem is due to be carried out at the City Morgue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Sundrive Road Garda Station 01-666 6600 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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