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Man due in court over fatal stabbing at flat after row with couple

A MAN was due in court today in connection with a fatal stabbing in an apartment in Drogheda.

The 32-year-old victim Mohammed Arif, a Pakistani national who was known locally as Arif Chaiche, died in the early hours of yesterday at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

He had been transferred there from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on Thursday night after being stabbed in the stomach in a frenzied attack hours earlier.

A 39-year-old woman, who was also stabbed in the stomach during the incident, remains in a stable condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She is also from Pakistan.


Gardai later arrested a 30-year-old man in the town.

The two victims were found after emergency services were called to the apartment at the Fitzwilliam Court complex at Dyer Street shortly after 2pm.

A Pakistani man, who had previously lived in the complex and was known to the woman, arrived at the apartment and gardai believe a row erupted.

The two victims were stabbed with a knife and a search for the suspect later got under way in the town.

A description of the suspect was also circulated to garda units in Dublin, where it was known that the suspect had connections.

It is understood that he had been working temporarily in a supermarket.

However, as the search was being extended, the suspect turned up voluntarily at Drogheda Garda Station shortly before midnight on Thursday and was arrested.

Gardai also recovered a knife, that they believe was the weapon. It had been dumped near the apartment complex and was taken away for forensic examination by the technical bureau in the Phoenix Park.

Emergency surgery was carried out on Mr Arif, but as his condition deteriorated he was transferred to St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, where he died.