Two in custody over Cavan killing

Tue, Oct 16, 2012, 01:00

TWO MEN remain in custody in Cavan Garda station after they were arrested following the killing of a Romanian man in the town in the early hours of Sunday.

Supt James Coen said the two men in their 30s were arrested in the environs of Cavan town at 6pm on Sunday, and were being detained at Cavan Garda station yesterday.

“There is provision for them to be detained for a further 12 hours but that depends on the progress of the investigation,” he said.

Gardaí made the arrests after the man was stabbed to death at a property in Cavan after a number of men forced their way into a rented apartment at Connolly Court, Connolly Street, just after 11pm on Saturday.

Gardaí in Cavan did not confirm whether the man was known to the authorities in Romania, but said that they were liaising with Romanian police authorities and Interpol as part of the investigation.

The man’s partner was with him and is believed to have witnessed the killing. She is a Romanian national.

The apartment in which the death took place was sealed off yesterday and was being examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardaí are appealing to witnesses who may have been in the Connolly Street area between the Egg Market and the junction near College Street between 11pm on Saturday and 12.30am on Sunday.

“There are a number of takeaways and pubs in the area and if taxi drivers or anyone in the area saw anything that night please get in contact with the Garda,” said Supt Coen.

Gardaí would not confirm if there was a brothel in the apartment where the man was killed.

“We are aware of information in the public domain and it does form part of the overall investigation and any other matters that come to our attention but it is principally a murder investigation we are dealing with,” said Supt Coen.

Cavan Garda station can be contacted on 049-43-68800 or the Garda Confidential line at 1800-666111.