Detectives hunt `agitated' man in Murray murder


Detectives were yesterday still trying to identify a man who took a taxi from Dun Laoghaire to Blackrock, possibly wearing blood-stained clothes, after the murder of Miss Raonaid Murray 10 days ago.

Photofit images of the man, who, gardai emphasise, is not a suspect but someone they wish to speak to, were circulated to people in pubs and discos in Dun Laoghaire on Friday night.

It is hoped the image will stimulate someone's recollection of seeing the man, in his early 20s, with short dark hair, who was in Dun Laoghaire until about 1.30 a.m. last Saturday week.

Gardai mounted traffic checkpoints on Friday night and Saturday morning in the area between Dun Laoghaire and Glenageary where Raonaid (17) lived. They asked drivers and passengers if they were in the area at the same time the previous week.

It seems apparent that after leaving a friend at Scotts pub Raonaid walked down George's Street and up Lower Glenageary Road.

She was stabbed to death as she went through a laneway from Silcester Road to Silchester Park.

No motive has emerged, and there is concern among gardai and people living in the area that her killer might strike again.

Over the weekend detectives sought information about the man, who acted strangely after hailing a taxi in the centre of Dun Laoghaire at around 1.30 a.m. on the Saturday morning, just over an hour after the murder.

The taxi-driver has told gardai the man was in an agitated state and appeared to be trying to cover stains on the upper parts of his trousers.

He directed the driver first to Avondale Road in Blackrock and then further up towards Sandyford to Granville Road.

The man got out at a house and went up the driveway but did not go in. No one of his description lives at the house or in the immediate environs, gardai have ascertained.

The man is described as about 5' 9" tall with short black hair and of average build. He was wearing light-coloured clothes, including light-coloured trousers which might have been badly stained.

Gardai took a number of statements from people who suspected they knew the man, but by yesterday no precise clues to his identity had been found.