Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Murder probe over wardrobe body

Gardai outside a building on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin, after the body of a man was discovered in a flat

A man has been stabbed to death and his body wrapped in a plastic bag before it was dumped in a wardrobe.

Two men and a woman are being questioned over the murder of the 53-year-old, named locally as Christopher Jackson.

The grim discovery was made by gardai after a tip-off to go to the property on Prussia Street in Stoneybatter in Dublin's north inner city on Saturday afternoon.

A Garda source said the body may have been there for a number of days.

It was concealed and stuffed in the bottom of a wardrobe and the killer had planned to move it before gardai moved in, he added.

Detectives are investigating a motive for the knife attack, believed to have centred on a row over money. A post mortem is expected to determine the exact cause of death.

Joe Costello TD, who lives a street away from the murder scene, said the local community is shocked.

"It's a terrible tragedy to have happened anywhere," said the minister of state. "You do not expect it in your own neighbourhood. It's a very settled area with a lot of elderly people here as well as young professionals moving in. It was a total shock to people at Mass."

Mr Jackson had lived at the property with his partner and son.

A man aged in his 30s and a woman in her 40s, who both knew the victim, were later arrested in the city centre and questioned in the Bridewell and Store Street Garda Stations. A second man, also aged in his 30s, was detained earlier and taken to Mountjoy Garda station.

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