Net closing in on thugs who beat dad to death
Gardai investigating the murder of a young dad-of-one who was beaten to death at a party have made three arrests.
Ballymun man Vincent Maher (29) died after a beating in a Finglas apartment in January last year.
Two people have now been re-arrested and another person has also been detained as part of the lengthy investigation into his death, and a file is almost ready to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
"Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry in this case and criminal charges are very likely in the future," a source said last night.
Up to 10 people have already been arrested in the investigation, which is being led by Finglas gardai. All have been released without charge.
Mr Maher was an unemployed painter who was separated from his partner. His seven-year-old daughter was a regular visitor to his home in the Springmount Apartment Complex in Finglas.
Gardai said it was possible the victim would have survived if someone had called an ambulance.
In the aftermath of the murder, a neighbour said he had been woken at around 4.30 or 5am by shouting and thumping noises.
"I was woken a few times during the night. It started around 10. It was just a regular party, but then there was shouting like, 'You better pay for that, you better f***ing pay for that'. Then there were a few thumps, loud thumps," he said.
A source said: "This was a brutal assault and the victim suffered horrendous injuries.
"He was attacked over a stupid row at a party and lost his life because of it. He was beaten from head to toe and was never likely to survive such a savage assault."
Mr Maher's family have been left devastated by his brutal killing.
"They're just in bits and can't believe this has happened," said a family friend.
"The only thing Vincent lived for was his child and he didn't deserve this."
Sources said gardai believe the victim was attacked over a confrontation about smashed-up furniture.
"The scene that gardai came across on that Saturday morning was a very bloody one with a lot of broken glass - there had clearly been a bad row in the apartment," said another source.
Gardai have also investigated whether some of the people who had attended the party had taken ketamine.