Saturday 16 December 2017

Two men quizzed over 'racial' murder

A distraught Boloa Shittabey mourns the loss of her son Toy-osi
A distraught Boloa Shittabey mourns the loss of her son Toy-osi


Gardai were last night questioning two men about the murder of a 15-year-old boy of Nigerian descent in what is believed to have been a racially motivated attack in west Dublin on Friday evening.

The men, one aged 38 and the other 23, were arrested after the victim, named as Toy-osi Shittabey, died in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

The men, arrested under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act, are both Irish.

Toy-osi's mother Boloa said yesterday she believed her son had been targeted because of his race. "The people who did this are animals. There is no mercy in this world." Toy-osi was attacked near his home in Mount Eustace in Tyrellstown at around 8.10pm on Friday. He was stabbed several times.

Local people witnessed the attack and one local man said yesterday: "When I came out the gardai were working on the fellow. He was on the ground and they were fighting to save him before the ambulance got here.

"It was shocking. I've never seen anything like it. A young guy dying on the ground like that. It's crazy. I've been here five years and there has been nothing like this."

Another said: "My mates were passing by and they saw him on the ground with blood pumping out of him. My nephew knew him and he got the message from the hospital later that he was dead."

The Mount Eustace estate is racially mixed with a varied immigrant population. Local Fianna Fail councillor, David McGuinness, said the area has a young population of around 200 households which are "50 per cent foreign nationals and 50 per cent Irish".

Gardai say they have not noticed a rise in racially motivated attacks in the west Dublin area, which is home to many immigrants, but that they have had reports of attacks on people and property.

Last year, Clondalkin People Before Profit councillor Gino Kenny said he encountered instances of racist attacks in his electoral area during canvassing in the local government elections.

He said: "When I was out canvassing before the elections in the summer, I came across two cases and, with one case in particular, I was shocked by how bad it was. It was very vindictive and carried out just because of (the colour of their skin).

"They had windows smashed, someone tried to burn out their car and a petrol bomb was thrown through a window and left the carpet burned. It was lucky that no one was seriously harmed."

Cllr Kenny added: "I dropped by on Thursday and the family were still shaken. By all accounts the attacks have not stopped."

In a statement gardai said: "Two males were arrested in connection with this incident and are currently detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

"Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on (01) 666 7000, the garda confidential line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station. Investigations are continuing."

Sunday Independent

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