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Saturday 10 December 2016

Woman arrested after man (40) is stabbed to death

A garda outside The Maltings, where the victim was found with serious injuries
A garda outside The Maltings, where the victim was found with serious injuries
The Maltings

A woman has been arrested after a man was found stabbed to death.

The victim, a Lithuanian aged around 40, was found with serious injuries at a flat in The Maltings in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

The grim discovery was made shortly after 2.30am yesterday.

Paramedics and a local GP tried unsuccessfully to save the man's life.

His body remained at the scene until a preliminary exam- ination was conducted by the State Pathologist's office.

It was then taken to University Hospital Limerick, where a post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Socialising

Gardai conducted door-to- door inquiries and were last night searching for the murder weapon, believed to be a large kitchen knife.

A woman, aged in her mid-40s and believed to be from Latvia, was arrested soon after the stabbing.

She was being questioned last night at Nenagh Garda Station.

The woman, who was known to the dead man, can be questioned for an initial period of 12 hours.

The victim is understood to have lived in Ireland for eight years and has family here.

Although he had an address in Roscrea, he is understood to have been living and working in Dublin.

He is believed to have been socialising in The Maltings on Saturday night.

Councillor Michael Smith said the neighbourhood was stunned.

"It's just a few metres from the church and probably ranks as the quietest part of the town," he said.

"Our thoughts and sym- pathies go to the family of the poor man."

Local man Davey Fanning said people in the area were deeply shocked.

"You would never think something like this would happen around here," he said.

"I passed by this morning on my way to Mass and I saw the garda patrol cars and knew something wasn't right.

"It's desperate that someone has lost their life."

The Maltings stands opposite a sheltered housing centre for the elderly.

One pensioner, who asked not to be named, expressed her shock and said the first she knew of the tragedy was when she awoke to see gardai outside The Maltings.

"It's a terrible thing to happen, especially so close to Christmas," she said.

Stunned

Staff at the Carry Out off- licence, 100 metres from where the stabbing happened, said the man was described by other eastern Europeans as very hard-working, quiet and close to his family.

Members of the immigrant community said they were stunned by his death.

"I didn't know him myself, but I heard someone say he was a very nice guy," said one man.

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