Sunday 22 April 2018

Chief suspect (15) in fatal stabbing goes to city Garda station

Lorcan O'Reilly
Lorcan O'Reilly

A 15-year-old who is the chief suspect for a fatal Halloween stabbing presented himself to gardai for questioning but will have to wait until another day before he is quizzed.

Lorcan Rooney-O'Reilly (21) was murdered on November 1 after he was attacked in Dublin city. As Lorcan's family prepare for his funeral this week, it now appears an arrest is imminent in the case.


The victim, from Robert Emmet Close in the city centre, was stabbed in the heart as he tried to stop a row at a Halloween bonfire at the nearby Oliver Bond House flats complex.

The 15-year-old suspect, who has links to gangland figure 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, vanished after the killing and could not be found by gardai.

However, the chief suspect for the savage knife murder has now presented himself to gardai for questioning.

The juvenile, whose 15th birthday was last week, arrived at Kevin Street Garda Station with his grandparents.

However, officers declined to take a statement from the teenager as they intend to collect more evidence before questioning him about the murder of the highly respected victim.

"Gardai know exactly what happened here, there was no need to speak to the suspect when he called in.

"He will be arrested in due course when all statements have been collated," a source said.

Last night it emerged that despite earlier intelligence, the teenager had never left Ireland at all in the aftermath of the murder.

It was initially suspected he crossed to England from the North by ferry.

Freddie Thompson is also in hiding since his recent release from prison after serving time for violent disorder, and fears his life is in danger after a series of threats against him.


His situation has become even more dangerous after the murder of his one-time best pal, Gary Hutch, on the Costa del Sol.

It is understood that Thompson's former associates in the Christy Kinahan cartel have disowned him.

Meanwhile, Lorcan Rooney-O'Reilly is due to be buried on Wednesday after his funeral mass at the Augustinian Church on John's Lane.

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