Friday 20 July 2018

Youth held after homeless man with cerebral palsy is stabbed up to 150 times

Butler Park (Jobstown Park) in Tallaght
Butler Park (Jobstown Park) in Tallaght
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A homeless man who was murdered in a park was stabbed up to 150 times in a frenzied and sustained attack.

Gardaí were yesterday questioning a 17-year-old, who is understood to have presented himself to them, in relation to the incident.

The body of Adam Muldoon (23) was found in Butler Park, off the Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght, Dublin, early on Saturday morning.

Following a post mortem, gardaí launched a murder probe. The 17-year-old was arrested yesterday morning and detained at Tallaght garda station.

Mr Muldoon was originally from Tallaght and had been sleeping rough from time to time. He had been in foster care for a number of years following the death of his mother.

Local woman Marian Lawlor, who helped raise him, has told of how Mr Muldoon was frequently the subject of bullying, robbery and practical jokes from other youths.

Flowers at the scene of Butler Park (Jobstown Park) in Tallaght, where the body of Adam Muldoon was discovered on
Saturday morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Flowers at the scene of Butler Park (Jobstown Park) in Tallaght, where the body of Adam Muldoon was discovered on Saturday morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

"Tallaght wasn't for him. Adam was innocent and people took advantage of him. Now look at what has happened," she said.

"We started looking after Adam 10 years ago after his mother had died. He had cerebral palsy and couldn't walk properly.

"Yet youths would mug him, shave his head and shave rude images like penises into the hair on the back of his head, where he couldn't see it.

"He had a very tough childhood. There were times he used to sleep in an abandoned car, but someone burned that out."

Adam Muldoon
Adam Muldoon

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out forensic examinations at the scene of the killing and a number of empty beer bottles and other items were taken for analysis.

The body remained at the scene until a preliminary examination was carried out. It was then removed to the city morgue for the post mortem, which revealed that the victim had suffered up to 150 wounds.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information about the murder to come forward.

At a press conference at the scene, Supt Ian Lackey said: "At 6.30am on Saturday, the body of a man was found at Jobstown Park in Tallaght.

"The park is known locally as Butler Park, off the Cheeverstown Road.

"We believe this man met a violent death. An incident room has been established at Tallaght garda station.

"The services of the Technical Bureau have been engaged and they have completed their examination.

"The full resources of a murder investigation are in place."

Locals in Tallaght described Mr Muldoon as "likeable" and someone who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

Gardaí said the victim was not known to them and that there was no known motive yet for the attack.

Supt Lackey asked that anyone who was around the area on Friday night or Saturday morning to contact Tallaght garda station on 01 666 6000.

Meanwhile, locals set up a Gofundme page to raise €5,000 towards the funeral expenses.

Visit www.gofundme.com/final-farewell-to-adam.

Irish Independent

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