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DPP may open investigation into stabbing death of former soldier


The last picture taken of Warren O'Connor

The last picture taken of Warren O'Connor

The last picture taken of Warren O'Connor

The director of public prosecutions (DPP) is considering an investigation file on the death of a former soldier who was stabbed in the chest when he went to help a friend, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Warren O’Connor (24) from Ferrycarrig Green in Coolock, north Dublin, was killed when he was stabbed at Hole in the Wall Road, Donaghmede, after being chased by a car from the nearby Grattan Wood apartment complex on January 16, 2010. Mr O’Connor was a former soldier who had just been accepted into the fire service and had never been involved in crime.

He is understood to have gone to the complex when a friend called him for help. The friend had gone to a neighbour’s apartment to complain about a noisy party and the response made him concerned for the safety of his family. Mr O'Connor is believed to have been driving the friend, his pregnant girlfriend and three-year-old child away from the complex when they were rammed by a chasing car. He was stabbed in an ensuing scuffle and later died at Beaumont Hospital.

Updating the Dublin coroner on the investigation, Detective Inspector Tony Howard said that a "comprehensive file" has been submitted to the DPP. "It is a complicated file and we may have to have a meeting with the DPP at some stage in the new year," he said

He requested a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow time for the DPP to come back with instructions.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest for further mention on June 5.