Wednesday 13 December 2017

Row over computer game led to stabbing

Tom Brady and Shane Hickey

Gardai believe a row between close friends over a computer game led to a fatal stabbing in Co Dublin.

The victim was named last night as Paul Harris (33), who was stabbed with a kitchen knife at his home at Cannonbrook Park in Lucan.

Mr Harris lived in the two-storey house in the quiet estate with his mother Rosemarie Bond. He was found lying at the front door to his home when the emergency services were alerted at about 6.45pm on Thursday.

Ambulance men from Dublin Fire Brigade attempted to resuscitate Mr Harris, who was bleeding heavily from his wounds, but were unable to revive him.

Gardai arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene.

The detained man had sustained a minor injury to his arm during the incident and was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for treatment.

He was later brought to Lucan garda station where he was held overnight and questioned throughout yesterday about the stabbing.

Mr Harris was stabbed up to four times in the chest. His body remained at the scene until the arrival of a state pathologist and a post-mortem was carried out yesterday.

The house was sealed off for a detailed examination of the scene by forensic experts from the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardai recovered a kitchen knife from the house and it was taken to the bureau for forensic tests.

Officers said Mr Harris had been socialising with a close friend earlier in the evening and was believed to have been playing computer games shortly before the attack.

Ms Bond was not in the house at the time. She has lived in the estate for up to 20 years.

The suspect is understood to be from Celbridge, Co Kildare.


When the incident happened, a number of neighbours were out playing in the snow with their children. It was only when the emergency services arrived that they were made aware of the incident.

"We were all upstairs pulling down the blinds when we saw the cops and the fire brigade coming through," one said.

"I thought that the woman had got sick and they had to bring her to hospital and then we heard on the news what had happened. It is scary."

The family were described as being friendly but they kept to themselves. "The mother is a lovely woman, a quiet woman," another neighbour said.

"She never really speaks, just waves to you. They are a very quiet family."

Locals talked of the incident but many admitted they only heard of the incident on the news on Thursday evening.

Irish Independent

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