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Sunday 30 April 2017

Knife victim dad set to be buried as suspect walks free

Graham McKeever, who was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds last Saturday
Graham McKeever, who was found unconscious with multiple stab wounds last Saturday

The chief suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 32-year-old dad-of-one is free to walk the streets as the victim's heartbroken family attend his funeral this morning.

Graham McKeever was found unconscious outside an apartment block in Deerpark Avenue, Tallaght, with multiple stab wounds early last Saturday morning.

The Herald has learned he received at least four deep stab wounds in the frenzied attack.

A woman in her 30s, who was known to both the victim and the attacker, suffered a broken nose when she tried to intervene.

The chief suspect, a 39-year-old man from the Blanchardstown area, was arrested in west Dublin on Sunday but released without charge on Tuesday.

Dispute

A file will now be prepared for the DPP, and gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

It is believed Mr McKeever was stabbed between 4am and 5.30am when a dispute broke out over a woman.

He tried to escape but died outside the apartment block, near Kiltipper Road, while his killer got away.

"A woman could be heard screaming 'Help, help, somebody help'," said a local resident. "She could be heard crying and sobbing."

Mr McKeever's funeral takes place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin Village at 10am.

It is the second fatal stabbing being investigated by Tallaght gardai this year. On both occasions the chief suspect has been identified and arrested but not charged.

The DPP is considering the evidence in relation to a 14-year-old boy who was arrested for the murder of Reece Cullen (16) in a house in Jobstown, Tallaght, on January 5.

A post-mortem showed that Reece, who was found by a neighbour at the foot of a staircase, was stabbed in the heart.

A dispute over a pellet gun "appears to have caused the friction", said a source.

Reece's girlfriend Sophie (17) described how she was on the phone to Reece when the attack took place.

It is not the first tragedy to strike the family. Reece's mother, Ann Marie Cullen, died last September.

The Cullens had been intimidated by a notorious family in the area who are linked to a violent drug dealer.

Sources said the home of Ann Marie Cullen was attacked on several occasions in the months before her death.

Hundreds of people gathered for Reece's funeral, a week after he was stabbed to death.

Fr Michael Hurley led the service and told the congregation: "Reece is at peace now, with the angels, the saints and his mum."

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