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Garda probe into knife death links with brothel

GARDAI are probing whether the savage murder of a man who was knifed to death in front of his partner is linked to the illegal sex trade.

So far two men -- one in his 40s and the other in his 30s -- have been arrested for the murder.

The first man was arrested at teatime yesterday, with the second arrest of the younger man happening at 11pm yesterday.

Investigators are examining links between the shocking murder of Costel Cretu (44) and the fact that a brothel had been in operation in the same apartment block up until recent weeks.

Romanian national Mr Cretu died after being stabbed once in the chest at an apartment on Connolly Street, Cavan, around 11pm on Saturday night -- his partner was also injured in the horror attack.

He arrived in the country last Tuesday and set up home with his partner, Florentine Sicor, in the apartment in the centre of Cavan town. Gardai have not discounted that he may have been the victim of mistaken identity. He was not known for any involvement in crime.