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Monday 21 August 2017

Teenager quizzed over knife death at industrial estate rave

A teenager was still being questioned this morning in relation to the stabbing death of James Griffin at an industrial estate in Dublin last year.

The 26-year-old was knifed as he attended a private weekend rave at a disused unit in O'Casey Avenue, Park West.

It happened on Sunday, November 17 between 3am and 4.30am.

Gardai were called to the scene after reports of a disturbance.

It is believed that people were still arriving at the social media-organised rave while the attack was being carried out.

Griffin, from Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, was rushed to Tallaght Hospital by emergency services but died the following morning.

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Gardai believe the attack was premeditated and may have been linked to an ongoing criminal dispute that Griffin was involved in.

"This stabbing was not the result of a drunken or drug-fuelled row - gardai believe it was planned," said a source.

"The victim was attacked with a large kitchen knife which was brought to the scene."

The murder is not connected to organised crime, even though Griffin had been spotted in the company of a close female associate of drugs trafficker Christopher 'Git' Russell at a house in Drimnagh on a number of occasions last year.

Griffin was jumped on by a group. There were hundreds of people in the industrial unit at the time.

The rave is believed to have been organised by a man from Lucan and has been held at the same location several time.

While Griffin had only a small number of criminal convictions, sources said he was known for a number of violent offences.

At the time of the murder, officers obtained good quality CCTV of the incident to help them with their investigation.

The man arrested is being detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

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