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Monday 20 November 2017

Victim of bus decapitation identified

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Gardai have identified the man who was decapitated when he fell under a bus in Dublin city centre on Thursday evening after a scuffle involving a number of men who are believed to be homeless.

No one made contact with with gardai about the man until yesterday when details of the man were released by gardai. It is believed that the man, who has not yet been named, came from the Tallaght area of Dublin.

It is understood the unidentified victim received a single punch before falling under the 145 double-decker bus at the junction of Nassau St and Dawson St.

Gardai arrested another homeless man on Friday evening and were questioning him in relation to endangerment.

The man is believed to be aged 30 and has been known to beg around the Grafton Street area in recent years.

It is also believed that the victim may have been intoxicated or on drugs before the incident.

Yesterday, gardai said the man was about 6ft in height, in his mid to late 20s, with dark, unkempt hair and of slim build. He was wearing a grey hoody, a black woollen jumper with a zip and a black windbreaker. He was also wearing tracksuit bottoms under blue jeans, a navy cloth belt with silver clasps, white Puma runners, and had an orange high-viz jacket in his pocket. He was also wearing a yellow coral necklace.

He had no identification but gardai said he had a "unique" key ring of a "dried cigarette butt in a plastic container". He had extensive tattoos including one depicting a dragon on the right of his chest, another dragon on his right arm and a "half sleeve" of individual monochrome graphics on his upper left arm.

There was a dragon on his upper thigh. He also had a mouth-piercing with a white stud with red stripes and a tongue-piercing with a silver stud.

Following the details being made public his identity has now been established.

Gardai said it was believed the man got on a Dublin bus in Jobstown, Tallaght, at around 4pm last Thursday and got off in the Dublin 8 area about an hour later.

Gardai are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident despite earlier reports that a second man may have been involved in the altercation before the man fell under the bus. The incident was witnessed by a large number of people as it happened at one of the busiest times of day.

Sunday Independent

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