Wednesday 17 January 2018

Man arrested at port suspected of fleeing knife murder in flat

Leo Carolan
Leo Carolan
The scene of the fatal knife attack. Photo: Collins Dublin.

Gardai have arrested a man they were seeking after a brutal stab murder in Dublin.

Leo Carolan (25) died after he was assaulted at a property on Dublin's South Circular Road last Tuesday.

A second man, Swiss national Ludovic Thomas, survived the attack but was rushed to hospital with serious knife injuries.

A 23-year-old man was arrested by detectives investigating the murder over the weekend.


It is suspected the arrested man fled the scene of the double stabbing and gardai had been trying to locate him since.

He was arrested after stepping off a ferry from Holyhead at Dublin Port on Saturday afternoon and is being questioned in Kevin Street Garda Station.

"He is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984," a garda statement said.

Gardai have trawled through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage in an attempt to catch the killer.

An eyewitness told the Herald how they saw a man stagger across the road from the property before collapsing on the footpath.

It was being investigating whether the killer may have dumped his blood-soaked tee-shirt in a nearby rubbish bin after Tuesday's bloodbath.

Officers are also wondering if the aspiring DJ's killer is someone he had been in contact with online - possibly a person that Mr Carolan had tried to sell something to.

"The victim in this case regularly used 'buy and sell' websites. All contacts that Mr Carolan had, both online and elsewhere, in the days before his murder are being looked at," a source said.

It also emerged that the suspected killer may have bought shoes in a charity shop after the savage slaying.


Detectives spent a number of hours in hospital earlier this week interviewing Mr Thomas.

Mr Carolan was living in the apartment for some time after returning from France.

He studied Anthropology at Universite Lumiere in Lyon before continuing his education in Creative Music Production at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

It has also emerged that the victim had been due to meet a close female relative of his at around the time of his murder, but this arrangement had been cancelled.

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