'We know there were people who may have seen something' - Gardaí appeal for information after man fatally stabbed in laneway row
Gardaí have recovered a weapon which they believe was used during a fatal stabbing in Limerick city.
A man in his 50s died following the altercation yesterday lunchtime in Roches Row, just a stone's throw from the city's main O'Connell Street thoroughfare.
The implement was found yesterday evening by gardaí during forensic examinations of the scene.
The alarm was raised shortly after 1.30pm yesterday after an altercation broke out between a number of men at the narrow laneway, which links Thomas Street and Roches Street.
Gardaí from nearby Henry Street station and HSE paramedics arrived at the scene within minutes to discover a Romanian man with serious injuries lying in a pool of blood at the side of the street.
As large crowds gathered at either end of the laneway - which runs adjacent to a multi-storey car park - paramedics could be seen working on the man for almost half-an-hour.
The Romanian national, who is aged in his early 50s, was later taken by ambulance under garda escort to University Hospital Limerick with stab wounds, but he was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon.
An Irish man, also aged in his 50s, who was arrested at the scene, is being detained at Roxboro Road garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
It is expected a murder investigation will be formally launched today once the results of a post-mortem examination - to be conducted by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis - are known.
Gardaí have obtained CCTV footage from the area and any witnesses are asked to contact Henry Street garda station at (061) 212400.
Superintendent Derek Smart, who is leading the investigation, is appealing to anyone who was in the multi-storey car park around the time of the incident to contact them.
"We know there were people in the car park - either dropping off or collecting cars - and they may have heard or seen something," he said.
Gardaí were last night looking to establish a motive for the attack and to track the movements of both men in the hours before the altercation.