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Sunday 25 August 2019

Man due in court over stabbing death of friend on O'Connell Street

Damien Singleton (left) with Peter Donnelly, who was stabbed
Damien Singleton (left) with Peter Donnelly, who was stabbed

A 28-year-old man is expected to appear in court this morning in connection with a fatal stabbing on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Damien Singleton, from Coolock, has been interviewed by gardai after he was deemed fit by doctors.

He was arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing of his friend Peter Donnelly (39), who died early on Tuesday morning.

Gardai later identified him through fingerprints, and the assistance of colleagues from Kilkenny.

Mr Singleton, who was detained near the scene, was taken to hospital with knife wounds to his left hand.

Surgery

It is understood Mr Singleton claimed he too was stabbed during the incident, and required surgery to his wound.

Mr Donnelly had been socialising with Mr Singleton and posted a selfie with him on Saturday.

Mr Donnelly, who was originally from Kilkenny, had been living in Dublin for some months.

Mr Singleton was arrested by gardai in Marlborough Street in the minutes after the stabbing, at about 1.30am.

His description had been circulated by a garda who was on duty at the time.

A short time before, he requested that Mr Donnelly and another man be monitored on garda CCTV cameras.

However, just as gardai were beginning the surveillance, a row broke out between Mr Donnelly and the second man.

It is believed the stabbing was captured on camera, and gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the stabbing to contact them.

Superintendent Paul Costello, from Store Street Garda Station, said: "Any members of the public in the O'Connell Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Marlborough Street areas between 1am and 2am, particularly any member of the public who may have taken any mobile phone footage of this incident or any mobile phone footage or dashcam footage in these streets at that time, are asked to contact An Garda Siochana."

Last Saturday, Mr Donnelly posted a picture on Facebook of himself and Mr Singleton while they were in the Sheriff Street area.

The Herald revealed on Wednesday that the garda who witnessed the attack on Tuesday morning gave chase and also alerted her colleagues to the incident.

Two gardai who had been on a protection post outside Patsy Hutch's home in Champions Avenue responded to the report and managed to arrest the suspect.

A knife was also recovered on Marlborough Street.

Gardai have asked anybody with information to contact them at Store Street Garda Station on 01 6668000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111.

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