Postmortem complete following mutilation of man in Foxrock

Victim has been named by locals as door to door inquiries continued today

Gardaí at the house  in Tudor Lawns, Foxrock, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

Gardaí at the house in Tudor Lawns, Foxrock, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

 

A postmortem examination has been completed on the remains of a young man whose mutilated body was found at a house in the south Dublin suburb of Foxrock.

The victim was named by locals as Limbani Mzoma, aged 27.

A Garda spokesman said on Saturday evening: “We have the preliminary results but we are not releasing them for operational reasons, but obviously this man died in violent circumstances.”

A woman in her 40s remains in custody in connection with the stabbing at the Tudor Lawns estate, next to Leopardstown Racecourse, at about 11.30pm on Thursday, and is expected to be either charged or released later tonight.

It was initially believed both the victim and the arrested woman were from Ghana, but Mr Mzoma may in fact be a Malawian national.

Door to door inquiries continued in the area today.

Gardaí issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward, including anyone who was driving in the area on Thursday evening and who may have dash-cam footage that would help their investigation.

Neighbours said the semi-detached house was rented, there had been a large turnover of tenants in recent years and that large parties were regularly held there.

Gardaí from Cabinteely had been called to the property on several previous occasions to deal with public order incidents and one neighbour said officers had visited the house on Thursday afternoon.

The deceased and the arrested woman are understood to be well-known to each other. One line of enquiry is he was killed following an argument.

Gardaí are not seeking anyone else in relation to the killing but have interviewed several people who were present at the house, where it is understood alcohol and drugs were being consumed prior to the fatal incident.

A Garda source said the crime scene was “especially gruesome and messy”. It is understood some of the man’s body parts were removed although it is not clear if this occurred before or after his death.

The scene was “problematic” due to the amount of blood present, the source said, but gardaí do not believe it was a planned killing despite it being seen as a savage and prolonged attack.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau were still examining the scene when the man’s body was removed to the State Pathologist’s Office in Whitehall, where Deputy State Pathologist Linda Mulligan was to perform a postmortem. Ms Mulligan had visited the scene earlier yesterday.

Pat Leahy, Assistant Garda Commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan region, held a case conference with gardaí at the scene on Friday and officers later carried out door to door inquiries.

Some residents of the estate took down Halloween decorations that were hanging outside their homes as a mark of respect for what had happened.

“I heard about 11.30pm last night. I was taking my make-up off and saw there were flashing lights and a great big firetruck and squad cars and a critical care ambulance,” said a woman who lives a doors away from the house. “When I saw the crime ticker tape this morning I knew it was a crime scene.”

Another man described the estate as a “settled” neighbourhood and said the inhabitants of the house did not mix very much with other locals.

“Two of the guys would be quite friendly and would say hello to you but other than that they wouldn’t be well known,” he said. “It’s an awful tragedy. It seems to be happening every day now. It was Kildare yesterday and Cork then earlier in the week.”

Local councillor Chris Curran described what had happened as “horrific”.

“The one thing about Tudor Lawns in particular and Leopardstown Road is its a very, very quiet neighbourhood,” he said. “We never have incidents in Tudor Lawns. There’s never a problem with it.”

The woman was being questioned at Dún Laoghaire Garda station on Friday night after being arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. She can be held for 24 hours before being charged or released.