Monday 23 October 2017

Woman quizzed over fatal stabbing at apartment

Brian McDonald

A WOMAN was still being questioned by gardai last night in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man after his body was found on a rooftop veranda.

The victim was named locally yesterday as Kevin Joyce (59), who had been living around the area of Salthill, Co Galway, for about a year.

Gardai last night launched a murder probe after a post-mortem examination found that Mr Joyce had died from multiple stab wounds.

Shocked locals said that Mr Joyce had returned to Ireland to live in Salthill after spending most of his life in Seattle in the US.

His body was discovered on an open rooftop veranda shared by a number of apartments in a block close to the landmark Seapoint Amusement Centre.

Gardai responding to an emergency call made the discovery at the first-floor veranda just before 10.30pm on Sunday.

Mr Joyce had sustained numerous stab wounds to his upper body and was bleeding heavily.

An ambulance rushed to the scene, but despite their efforts he was later pronounced dead.

A woman in her 30s was found in a distressed state in the immediate area. A knife was also recovered.

The woman was arrested and taken to Mill Street garda station in Galway city.

A number of residents had to leave their apartments to facilitate the investigation. The property was sealed off for most of yesterday.

A forensic examination of the area where Mr Joyce was found was carried out yesterday.

The body remained at the scene overnight and the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber made an initial assessment before it was removed for a post-mortem at Galway University Hospital.


Gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries in an attempt to build up a picture of the circumstances that led to the fatal stabbing.

Local people said they only became aware of the tragedy yesterday morning.

One publican who knew the victim said he was shocked.

"Kevin was a nice, gentle sort of a fella and there was no harm in him. He was fond of a drink, but that was about all," said the publican.

Gardai questioned a number of locals and visitors to Salthill. The resort was busy with big crowds for the end of the Galway Races and the start of the bank holiday.

Superintendent Noel Kelly appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"I'd like to appeal for any witnesses to contact the incident room at 091-538070 or Salthill garda station at 091-514720," Supt Kelly said.

It is understood that, at this stage, nobody else is being sought in relation to Mr Joyce's death.

Irish Independent

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