Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Dublin stabbings: Police launch probe after second fatal attack in 24 hours

Garda said a man found dead in a Dublin apartment had been stabbed several times
Garda said a man found dead in a Dublin apartment had been stabbed several times

Gardai have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed several times in an apartment in Dublin city centre.

The body was discovered this afternoon in a complex at Ormond Quay.

Dublin fire brigade emergency personnel tried to revive the man when they arrived at the apartment.

But he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

This is the second fatal stabbing in Dublin within 24 hours.  Last night a 32-year-old man, James Humphries was stabbed to death during a row in a house in Tallaght.

Gardai are questioning a 37-year-old suspect in connection with his death.

Mr Humphries received serious stab wounds at a ground floor property and was dead within half an hour.

Mr Humphries, who was from the Glenshane area of Tallaght, was in the home of an acquaintance when the attack happened.

Investigating gardai arrested a man and took him into custody.

Neighbours in Glenshane expressed their shock this morning.

"He was a lovely young fella. He would always say hello. If he saw you carrying shopping bags he would come down to help. It's tragic," one elderly neighbour told the Herald.

She said the estate has "lost a lot of young lads".

Another neighbour described Mr Humphries as a "nice young man".

"He grew up with my lad and went to school there -- he was a nice, quite young fella," she told the Herald.

She said Mr Humphries had a 13 year old son and that James's mother was on her way back from England, where she lives, to be with the rest of the family.

It is understood James's father lives in Clondalkin.

A woman at Mr Humphries's grandparents house was too distraught to speak today, saying they've had a death in the family.

Former Fianna Fail TD Charlie O'Connor said it was "very sad".

"It's sad really and it's sad for the community. This would be unusual, of course it would be. It does shock and upset people -- the fact that it happened in the community," Mr O'Connor told the Herald.

He called on people in the area to cooperate with the garda investigation.

The stabbing happened at 6.40pm yesterday. Mr Humphries was rushed to Tallaght Hospital but was pronounced dead at 7pm.

A resident living on Kiltalown Way said he only realised there had been a stabbing when they returned home from the pub last night.

"Nobody was in the house at that time (when the attack happened). There were three gardai outside the house when I got home," he told the Herald.

Another local man said: "I didn't know about it until the gardai called here last night, at about 7.30pm or 7.45pm."

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