Suspect in fatal stabbing on the run
THE chief suspect in the fatal stabbing of father-of-one Shane O'Connor is on the run.
Gardai believe a convicted drugs courier was involved in a fist fight with the victim before he was stabbed outside his Dublin home on Monday.
The suspect, who received a hefty jail sentence after being convicted of cannabis offences, has fled his home and is believed to be in hiding, garda sources told the Irish Independent.
Meanwhile, floral tributes mark the spot where Mr O'Connor (pictured) was brutally stabbed outside his family home.
Inside the terrace house on St Donagh's Road in Donaghmede, north Dublin, his bereaved parents, Mark and Sinead O'Connor, were being comforted by a steady stream of friends and family, who gathered at the family home.
However, the young man's friend and neighbour Joseph Hagan, (19), said the local community was still in shock over the stabbing, in which Mr O'Connor may have lain undiscovered for up to four hours before a passerby found him lying unconscious on the road in front of his home around 7am on Monday.
He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Neighbours later reported hearing a heated argument involving several young men on the street around 3am on Monday.
Despite being imprisoned after pleading guilty to two counts of assault causing harm to his girlfriend Sabrina Hayes -- for which he was sentenced to 16 months -- Mr O'Connor was trying to put his past behind him and turn his life around, Mr Hagan said. He had a job at a supermarket in south Dublin and was working on rebuilding his life, he added.