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Saturday 22 September 2018

Fatally wounded dad stumbles into woman's flat

A FATHER-of-three who died after he was stabbed in the back was found in a neighbour's apartment.

Dubliner Patrick Redmond (65) stumbled into a woman's flat after suffering a single stab wound in the back.

Gardai believe the separated father of three daughters was murdered by a person known to him after a row broke out.

It is believed he was stabbed with a kitchen knife.

The Herald has learned that a woman who lives in the Mount Kenneth Place apartment in Limerick (inset) told investigating officers Mr Redmond had been attacked before he came to her home.

Officers found the 65-year-old unconscious in the apartment at 2am yesterday morning. He died a few hours later in hospital.

Gardai have not yet arrested anyone in relation to the death but are interviewing residents in the complex where Mr Redmond's body was found.

 

ESTRANGED

Gardai contacted the office of the State Pathologist and a post mortem on the victim's body was carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis.

The apartment, and a second in the same building, remained sealed off this morning after gardai successfully applied to the district court to hold the scenes for a further 48 hours.

The victim, who was living alone, was estranged from his wife and was not in regular contact with her.

They have three daughters. His family are said to be devastated.

Originally from Dublin, he lived in Limerick for several years and needed the assistance of a walking frame at times to get around.

The Mount Kenneth Place complex is normally frequented by a large contingent of foreign nationals from Africa, Nigeria and Eastern Europe.

One resident who did not want to be named and who lives in the apartment block said this morning she was frightened living there.

"My first reaction was I was shocked. I was shocked and scared," she said. "I don't feel safe in these apartments. I have lived here for three years."

As part of their investigations, gardai carried out door-to-door inquiries in the apartment complex and outside the building at a number of business premises.

A dedicated garda unit is also working solely on securing CCTV footage from the area, which could prove important.

Supt Dan Keane made an appeal for information from the public

 

WITNESSES

He said: "I am also appealing for anyone who may have been in the Mount Kenneth Place road (area) any time between 10pm on Saturday night and 2am on Sunday morning to please contact us.

"We would appeal for them (witnesses) to come forward and speak to us in confidence at Henry Street garda station."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 061-212400 in confidence.

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