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Monday 5 December 2016

Fare row probed as stabbed taxi man Martin Mulligan to be laid to rest near family home

Garda Crime Scene Investigators inspect Mr Mulligan's taxi at the scene of the incident
Mr Mulligan's remains are removed from the scene
Garda crime scene investigators at the scene
Garda crime scene investigators at the scene
Garda crime scene investigators at the scene of the incident
Garda crime scene investigators at the scene of the incident
The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident
The scene of the incident at The Armagh Rd, Kilcurry, Co. Louth today.
The scene of the incident at The Armagh Rd, Kilcurry, Co. Louth today.
The scene of the incident at The Armagh Rd, Kilcurry, Co. Louth today.
The scene where the man's body was found
Garda: File photo

A TAXI driver who was stabbed to death over a fare will be laid to rest just a stone’s throw away from where he lived with his wife and children.

Martin Mulligan was stabbed to death after getting into an altercation over an unpaid taxi fare.

It is believed the 53-year-old victim gave chase to more than one assailant after they fled from his vehicle in an attempt to dodge a fare.

A knife was subsequently produced and Mr Mulligan was fatally stabbed a number of times.

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Gardai are liaising with PSNI officials as it is feared that the perpetrators may have fled across the border following the gruesome killing.

Mr Mulligan will be reposed at his home on Lower Point Road on Thursday afternoon, while his removal will take place the following morning at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church at 11am.

Silence

The church is close to the home where the victim lived with his two children Shauna and Sharon, as well as his wife Grainne.

Mr Mulligan was a former player of Sean O’Mahony’s GAA club, who his nephew Gary currently plays for.

The club will hold a minute’s silence for the taxi man ahead of their Louth County Football Final against St Patrick’s GAA club.

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A source told the Herald  that a motive being investigated is that Mr Mulligan attempted to chase a group who fled from his taxi.

“Nothing can be ruled out, but gardai are looking into whether the victim was robbed or got into a dispute over a fare,” a source said.

“A line of inquiry being looked at is that a person or several people may have ran from the victim’s taxi in order to avoid paying a fare.

“The likelihood is that when the victim attempted to follow the man or men who fled from his taxi, a knife or sharp weapon was produced.”

Mr Mulligan’s body was found on the road about 200 metres from his 2007 beige Skoda Octavia taxi.

A post-mortem was conducted yesterday afternoon, and the investigation has since been upgraded to a murder.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the shocking killing, and Superintendent Gerry Curley from Dundalk Garda Station, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for people to come forward.

Martin Mulligan’s nephew Gary previously described his uncle as a family man who was always “a bit of craic”.

“He was a very kind-natured, jovial person. He was always a bit of craic,” Gary told the Herald. “Overall, he was extremely hard-working. He loved his family and he worked so hard for them.

“Looking after his family is what drove him. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and he was an extremely happy person.”

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