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Sunday 17 December 2017

Man (21) stabbed to death at party

A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death during a row at an apartment in the early hours of this morning.

The stabbing happened shortly after 1am at Larchfield Court, Kilkenny, and a 35-year-old suspect has been arrested.

It is understood the chief suspect in the case was the person who phoned gardai about the incident and that he suffered stab wounds.

Neither he nor the victim were known to gardai.

The man, who is originally from the Castlecomer area of Kilkenny, is being detained at Kilkenny Garda Station after being arrested earlier this morning.

Gardai were called to the scene at 1.30am and discovered two people with stab injuries. The victim came from Durrow, in Co Laois.

A 27-year-old friend was injured in the attack and he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny.







Frenzied

It is understood that a row broke out at a house party which led to the murder.

The area where the fight broke out was sealed off this morning as gardai started a full-scale murder inquiry.

Officers say they are following a definite line of inquiry but are still appealing for witnesses to contact them.

A source said: "This was a very frenzied attack which has left one young man dead and another injured."

The stabbing murder in Kilkenny is the 14th violent death to occur so far this year which includes five knife killings. Local Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness told the Herald: "This is not the first stabbing that we have had in Kilkenny city in recent times -- in fact it is an increasing trend.

"This is a very worrying development especially as Kilkenny does not have a history of this type of violent crime."

kfoy@herald.ie

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