Saturday 19 January 2019

'Nobody was meant to die', stabbing suspect told gardai after arrest

Karl Haugh
Karl Haugh

The Kilrush man charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Karl Haugh, from Kilkee, told gardai when charged that "nobody was meant to die that night".

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Robbie Walsh (21), of Island View, Kilrush, was charged with assault causing serious harm to Mr Haugh at the Marian Estate, Kilkee, on Sunday.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution of Mr Walsh at Kilrush Garda Station at 5.53pm on Monday, Garda David King said that, when charged, Mr Walsh replied: "Nobody was meant to die that night."

Mr Walsh's solicitor Edel Ryan applied for bail, but Judge Marie Keane refused after gardai expressed concerns and remanded him in custody.

Outlining the concerns, Detective Sergeant Padraig Frawley said that it will be alleged that Mr Walsh was one of three people to enter the Marian Estate after 1am on Sunday morning, before proceeding to call to houses in the estate looking for Mr Haugh.

Det-Sgt Frawley - who is leading the investigation into Mr Haugh's death - said that it will be further alleged that, while in the estate, the accused and the two males came across Mr Haugh and another male and a fight ensued, with weapons being used.

"Other individuals also arrived, who became involved in the fight," said Det-Sgt Frawley.

"During the course of the altercation, Karl Haugh received a stab wound to his back.

"Gardai arrived at the scene, where knives and golf clubs were recovered."

He said that Mr Haugh was taken by ambulance to Limerick University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6am.

Det-Sgt Frawley said that a post-mortem was carried out by Dr Michael Curtis and the initial report indicated that Mr Haugh's death was a result of a stab wound to his back, to the left of the spine, which punctured his left lung.


He said that there has been tension in the area in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

"This was evident on the morning of the incident, where there was an incident at the residence of the accused in Kilrush," he said.

"Gardai believe that this incident is indirectly related to the incident at Marian Estate."

Det-Sgt Frawley said that Mr Walsh was arrested by gardai at 10am on Sunday morning.

He said that there is a fear that, if Mr Walsh is released on bail, "it will lead to an escalation in tension and a potential for further incidents".

He said that gardai recovered a knife handle and a blade at the scene of Mr Haugh's death and the blade had blood on it.

Det-Sgt Frawley added that Mr Walsh is a drug addict.

Defence solicitor Ms Ryan said: "My client has been co-operative with gardai and will continue to be co-operative, and is agreeable to any bail conditions that the court might impose."

Inspector Tom Kennedy said: "Gardai have grave concerns if Mr Walsh is granted bail."

Judge Keane refused bail, saying the cirumstances were "quite serious".

"There is a fatality as a result of the incident," she said.

Judge Keane remanded Mr Walsh in custody to August 14, when he will re-appear before Ennis District Court.

Mr Haugh's remains will be reposing at St Senan's Church in Kilkee this evening and his funeral Mass is to take place tomorrow afternoon.

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