Thursday 22 August 2019

Gang smashes car into stab suspect's house in Violent revenge attack

Karl Haugh
Karl Haugh
Gardai at the scene. Photo: Eamon Ward

A gang of thugs smashed their car into the home of one of the suspects arrested for the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man.

The vandalised house in Island View, Kilrush, was targeted by three young men at around 9.30am yesterday in a reprisal attack following the killing of Karl Haugh.

Speaking to the Herald, Julie Counihan said that two of her sons were in the house at the time - a 17-year-old and the 21-year-old suspect arrested for the stabbing of Mr Haugh.

During the incident, a sitting room and upper bedroom window were broken, along with significant damage done to suspect's front door.

The owner of the house suffered minor injuries to her foot and the family dog suffered cuts to its paws.


Ms Counihan said she was asleep when she was awoken by "an awful lot of shouting" outside.

"When I looked out of my window I saw three young men and asked them, 'what the hell is going on?'

"I know these lads very well and they were shouting for me to come out. I hadn't a clue what they wanted, but you could tell they were under the influence of some drug; I could see it in their eyes," she said.

Ms Counihan said the assault on her home began when one individual threw a hammer through her bedroom window.

"I got such a fright. The entire room was covered in glass and one of my dog's paws was completely ripped open. My foot was also cut and I still can't get the shards out of it," she said.

"Someone else then picked up my flower pot and threw it right at my front door. I thought that was the end of it.

"But then I looked out of the window again and I saw one of them getting into his car, a blue BMW. He started the engine, picked up some speed and drove it straight at my sitting room window.

"The glass instantly shattered, but luckily the bottom part of my house stopped the car from going right into the sitting room.

"The bench in front of the window was completely destroyed. I was so scared and my hand was shaking so much that I couldn't even use the phone to ring the guards."

Once he heard the commotion, the suspect ran downstairs to confront the three individuals. However, when he opened the front door the three men went back to their damaged car and drove away.

"My neighbours were also very scared and rang the guards on my behalf," the Kilrush mother added.

"I'm so scared for my son and haven't been able to see or talk to him since.

"I feel like this is all a dream and that I could wake up at any minute. I've been crying ever since."

She said she now fears for her own safety.

"I'm so scared at the thought of what might happen and just don't know what's around the corner," she said. "My house is now totally destroyed."

Gardai said no one was arrested in relation to this particular incident, but confirmed it was connected to the death of Mr Haugh.


Garda Superintendent John Galvin, of Kilrush Garda Station, said: "We believe this incident of criminal damage is linked to the attack in Kilkee on Sunday morning. We are currently making further inquiries to see if we can find any more connections."

Mr Haugh was attacked and stabbed in the Marion Estate in Kilkee, Co Clare, at approximately 1.15am on Sunday morning.

The father-of-one was taken to Limerick University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

One man has been charged in relation to the incident and was due to appear before Ennis District Court this morning.

Two other men, arrested in relation to the investigation, have been released without charge.

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