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Man faces murder charge over knife victim in wardrobe

A MAN will be charged with murder today after a 53-year-old man was stabbed up to 70 times in a frenzied knife attack in a north city flat.

The body of victim Christopher Jackson was found in a very decomposed state and is thought to have been in the property at Prussia Street -- close to Dublin city centre -- for at least two days before gardai discovered it in a wardrobe on Saturday afternoon.

His body was wrapped in a black plastic refuse bags and was about to be moved when gardai arrived at the scene.

A 39-year-old-man was arrested just 15 minutes after the body was found on Saturday, and is due before Dublin District Court later today.







Arrested

Two other people -- a man in his 30s and a woman in her 40s -- were arrested on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The man in garda custody is understood to be known to the man who is due before court later.

Officers from the Bridewell Garda Station were first alerted to the body by a woman and her son on Saturday afternoon -- the woman remains in custody.

Mr Jackson who had convictions for minor offences, is understood to have been battling an alcohol problem for a number of years and is believed to have been stabbed to death in a city flat.

Gardai have recovered two knives which were used in the attack.

The area remained sealed off as technical examinations continued this morning.

The assistant State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, confirmed the body to be that of a male.

A post-mortem carried out at the State mortuary was carried out last night which is understood to have shown that Mr Jackson was murdered.

kfoy@herald.ie


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