Ballymun death treated as murder

Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 00:00

Gardaí have begun a full murder investigation after a man was found dead in his apartment in Dublin with a series of knife wounds.

The alarm was raised at 4pm after a call to the emergency services by the landlord of Linnbhla Apartments in Ballymun after he could not gain access to his property.

On arrival at the scene, gardaí forced entry and discovered the body of a man with knife wounds. The apartment was immediately sealed off for a technical examination which is ongoing.

The office of the State Pathologist Marie Cassidy was notified and she visited the scene to carry out a preliminary examination.

The body was later removed to the city morgue and a full postmortem will be carried tomorrow morning at 10am.

The man was a foreign national and is believed to have been in his thirties. It is not yet known how long the body was at the apartment before the alarm was raised.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity at the complex between last Friday and today to come forward to the incident room at Ballymun Garda station.

Supt David Taylor said gardaí “have a particular interest” in those two dates in terms of “activity at that apartment”.

Gardaí are working with their international partners to establish the identity of the deceased.

“It’s very early in the investigation and our men are at the scene conducting a number of interviews to establish who is living in the building and around the area,” added Supt Taylor.