Monday 23 July 2018

Teen released following fatal nightclub stabbing

The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations
The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations

Robin Schiller

A teenager arrested in relation to the murder of a young man in a nightclub has been released without charge.

The 19-year-old had been arrested by gardaí investigating the fatal stabbing of Jamie Higgins (23) in Shannon, Co Clare, in the early hours of Sunday.

The victim, who is originally from Limerick, was stabbed a number of times at the Shannon Knights nightclub in the town at around 2am.

A second man, a 22-year-old, is recovering in hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries in the attack.

Investigating officers from Shannon garda station arrested the 19-year-old in relation to the murder in the aftermath of the incident. He was questioned for more than a day before being released, and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The arrested teen is also originally from Limerick but it is not yet clear if he was known to the victim prior to the stabbing.

Emergency services were quickly alerted to the incident and gardaí, Shannon Fire Brigade and National Ambulance Service paramedics attended.

On arrival, emergency crews found two men inside the premises had been stabbed. A garda quickly carried out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the more seriously injured man.

Both men were treated at the scene before they were taken to University Hospital Limerick, where Mr Higgins was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday, the details of which have not been released for operational reasons. CCTV gathered from the nightclub will form a vital part of the Garda investigation. Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

Irish Independent

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