Suspect held by gardai over death of man by canal
GARDAI were last night continuing to question a suspect in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man who is believed to have been struck with a baseball bat.
The victim was part of a group of young men who had gathered in the canal area of Naas, Co Kildare on Friday evening. He was named locally last night as Joseph Dunne, who lived in Athy.
Mr Dunne is believed to have been still alive when emergency services reached the scene close to the Grand Canal, off South Main Street. However, he was later pronounced dead at Naas General Hospital.
Gardai sealed off an area known as 'the harbour', between Naas Community Library and the Vie de Chateaux restaurant, for forensic examination.
The area is quiet and mixed residential, but local residents said it had recently been frequented by groups of youths drinking on the canal bank at night. They said that there had been rowdy behaviour and damage to property in recent weeks.
Residents said the good weather on Friday led youths to gather in the canal area and there was noisy behaviour before the incident which resulted in the man's death.
It is understood that the 42-year-old suspect's car may have been vandalised on Friday and that a confrontation occurred just after 10pm.
When the gardai arrived to the scene, the young man was unconscious.
The man arrested by gardai was still at the scene when they arrived and he made no attempt to flee the scene.
Gardai appealed for witnesses, or anyone else with information, to contact Naas on (045) 884-300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.