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First they killed valiant Warren, now pregnant witness is intimidated

A pregnant mum who witnessed the murder of Good Samaritan Warren O'Connor has fled her home in fear of her life.

The young woman, who has a two-year-old son, left her Donaghmede apartment, accompanied by her partner, in the days after the Coolock man was knifed to death.

The heavily pregnant woman and her partner were with Warren as he died, after he tried to rescue them from thugs who were making too much noise in an apartment next to the couple's, at the Grattan Wood apartment complex on January 16.

Innocent Warren was stabbed after he complained about the noise and the thugs rammed his car three times -- smashing into the side where the pregnant woman and her young son were sitting. They couple comforted their friend as he lay dying on the roadside.

The pair are now frightened for their welfare and that of their unborn baby and her son, according to locals, and they are living in a new home.

The couple witnessed some of the terrifying events which took place before Warren was stabbed, as he struggled against the attacks of the thugs.

And sources say the couple have been terrified ever since the night their dear friend Warren was killed.

"They're all over the place with worry," one source told the Herald. "They're not in that apartment anymore."

Clothes

The couple returned to their Donaghmede apartment block after Warren's death, only to collect their clothes and leave their apartment for good, according to locals.

While it had been feared that the couple had fled to another country, sources have confirmed that they are still living in Ireland.

One source from Coolock said: "That's not true. I don't know why people are saying that (they left). She (the girlfriend) wasn't at the funeral so maybe that's why they're saying it."

Gardai arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the murder under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act on February 1.

The man was released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

It is understood that the man was interviewed by gardai for withholding information.

A number of other individuals, from the Coolock area, are being sought by officers in relation to the stabbing. It was one of three murders linked to the Coolock area in the opening weeks of the year.

Warren, a former soldier of the Defence Forces, from Ferrycarrig Green, in Priorswood, had gone to the apartment complex on the Hole In The Wall Road after his friend contacted him because he was having trouble with party noise coming from a property nearby.

The three friends later decided to leave the apartment complex by car with some other pals, since they believed themselves to be in danger.

Brave Warren had left a 50th birthday party and he had earlier kissed his mother goodbye to go and help his friend.

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