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Sunday 25 September 2016

Stabbing victim 'knew the chief suspect in case'

Stefan Neanu (36) was attacked in a small flat on the Phibsboro Road on Saturday

Joe Costello TD, Minister for Trade and Development, pictured as Garda preserve the scene on Phibsboro Road.
Joe Costello TD, Minister for Trade and Development, pictured as Garda preserve the scene on Phibsboro Road.

A MAN who was stabbed to death in a Dublin flat is believed to be a Romanian national who is known to the chief suspect in the case.

Stefan Neanu (36) was attacked in a small flat on the Phibsboro Road not far from the centre of the suburb at around 10.30pm on Saturday.

The house where he died is just three doors down from where he lived with members of his wider family.

Emergency Services were called to the house after the attack and Mr Neanu was taken from the scene by ambulance to the Mater Hospital with apparent stab wounds.

Because of the nature of the injuries, the gardai were informed and the flat was preserved as a crime scene.

Mr Neanu was later pronounced dead in the early hours of yesterday morning having lost his fight for life despite efforts by doctors to save him.

evidence

A woman in her mid-40s was arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Mountjoy Garda Station.

She has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The scene remained preserved yesterday pending a forensic and technical examination and the Office of the State Pathologist was notified.

Members of the garda technical bureau arrived at Phibsboro Road early and began their work gathering forensic evidence.

A woman who described herself as Mr Neanu's aunt declined to make any comment on the death of her nephew.

She was taken by gardai to identify the body and returned later in a distressed state.

Local Labour TD Joe Costello visited the house yesterday and spoke with gardai.

He said Mr Neanu's death was a shock and a tragedy for his family and friends.

"It's a tragedy in an area here in Phibsboro, which is a quiet place," he told the Herald.

"It's a tragedy for the family and it is a shock for the area," he added saying that Phibsboro is not known for violent incidents.

awful

Neighbours said they did not hear a row at the flat before the stabbing took place.

"The first I knew of it was when I saw the blue lights of the ambulance flashing outside and then a lot of gardai arrived," said one man who lives locally.

"It's an awful thing to happen," he added.

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