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More arrests due as gardai probe Halloween killing


David Boland was killed

David Boland was killed

David Boland was killed

Gardai expect to make more arrests in relation to the brutal stabbing murder of a 34-year-old father-of-three who was savagely attacked on Halloween.

Two men who gardai believe were present when tragic David Boland was attacked on Thursday morning in Athy, Co Kildare, remained in custody last night in Newbridge and Kildare garda stations.


The duo, aged 26 and 27, were arrested at locations in Carlow town and Athy yesterday morning and officers believe that they have "key information" about the shocking murder of Mr Boland.

"They are not the only young men who are suspected of knowing exactly what happened. More arrests are expected in this case," a senior source told the Herald last night.

It is understood that the brutal knife murder was "partially caught on CCTV" and officers are following a definite line of enquiry.

Victim Mr Boland, from the village of Nurney, Co Kildare, has been described as a "highly respected and a hard-working man".

It still remained unclear last night why he drove to the Duke Street area at 5.45am. He was attacked by a person who had been at a Halloween house party in the locality.

It is understood the victim had just arrived in his silver Audi car and a party was happening in a flat above a shop on Castle Street and opposite Edmund Rice Square in the south Kildare town which had been attended by around 20 people.

Someone at the party became agitated and a disagreement or row developed, it is believed.

The people from the party then ended up on the street and at some point Mr Boland was stabbed.

After Mr Boland was stabbed, his car was driven away from the scene.

It crashed a short distance away on Stradbally Road and an attempt was made to burn it out.

Gardai yesterday made a further appeal for information.

"Gardai are appealing in particular to motorists and drivers of white delivery vans who were in the vicinity of Duke Street at approximately 5.30am," a garda spokesperson said.