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Thursday 19 October 2017

Woman arrested after man found stabbed to death

The remains of Tyrone McKenna are removed from the house in Tyrone Court, in Rathfarnham
The remains of Tyrone McKenna are removed from the house in Tyrone Court, in Rathfarnham

A WOMAN has been arrested following the murder of a man who was discovered with stab wounds to his back.

Tyrone McKenna (42) was discovered by his distraught father Thomas on the steps of the stairs of their family home at around 5pm.

Investigating gardai this morning arrested a woman in her 40s in connection with their investigation and are questioning her at Blackrock Garda Station.

Gardai are continuing to probe what led to the violent death. Forensic examinations are continuing at the scene.

Agonising

Tyrone's father Tom told the Herald of the agonising moments when he returned to the house in the quiet Marley Court estate, in Rathfarnham, south Dublin yesterday evening.

"I discovered it, I was out yesterday morning and I came back to the house.

"He was there at the foot of the stairs. I touched him and I knew straight away, I rang 999," he said.

His father said that Tyrone was in the house with a woman who, when he asked what happened, said that she just heard a "thud".

"I don't know how long he was dead at this stage (when he was found)," Mr McKenna said.

"I didn't pick him up or anything like that. His mouth was wide open, he was dead. He was on the last few steps just kind of slumped backwards.

"It was as if he had slid down, there was blood on the wall, there was blood on the landing," he added.

Mr McKenna was at the scene with his daughter Revenna this morning, who said that the tragedy had not hit them yet. "It's a peculiar kind of feeling," Mr McKenna said.

His daughter added: "It doesn't seem real, it just hasn't hit us yet."

Mr McKenna said that his son had a history of mental health problems.

"He cut his wrists down the line in '95," he said. In another incident, he said that his son had laid down in front of a train at Connolly Station.

"He should have been in hospital yesterday. I kept telling him: 'you're not well, just go to hospital'.

"His mother, Teresa, she's in England. She doesn't know about it yet," he said. He explained that he was divorced from Teresa.

Revenna said that her brother was a music lover and as involved in pirate broadcasting when he was younger.

"He used to be involved in radio stations, he loved that," she said.

separated

Tyrone McKenna, who was out of work, married in 2003 but has been seperated from his wife for a number of years.

Locals in the quiet estate have been left shocked at what happened.

"I knew him as a lovely young man. The family have been there longer than us, which is 25 years," one local man said.

Gardai from the Technical Bureau remained at the scene today, and Mr McKenna's body was removed at 10.15am.

Gardai are treating the death as a murder investigation and have appealed for information.

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