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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Murder probe after man found stabbed to death in flat

The body of Martin Clancy is removed from his home
The body of Martin Clancy is removed from his home

A murder inquiry has been launched in Limerick after a 45-year-old man was found dead in his home on Sunday evening.

The body of Martin Clancy, originally from Moyross, was discovered shortly before 6pm at his upstairs flat on Little O'Curry Street in the city centre.

A murder probe was launched following a post mortem by the State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy.

Mr Clancy had been stabbed to death, sources confirmed.

Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street Garda Station, who's leading the murder probe, said gardai are trying to pinpoint when the victim was last seen in the area.

"I'm appealing for anyone who may have seen Martin in the city centre area or up near his home in Little O'Curry Street since January 1 - that they come forward and let us know when they saw him, did they speak to him, was anybody with him, had he his dog with him... anything that may jog your memory," he said.

Gardai believe Mr Clancy may have been dead for up to a week before his body was discovered on Sunday evening.

Romanian national Daniel Nedelcu, who lives in a flat beneath Mr Clancy, said he called at the deceased's home to inform him he had returned from a trip home over the New Year period.

"I saw some blood on the walls and on the floor, but I didn't look around to check," Mr Nedelcu said yesterday, speaking outside the property, which had been sealed off by gardai.

Beloved

Mr Nedelcu said he had asked Mr Clancy to keep an eye on his flat as he was leaving on a trip to Romania for a family funeral.

He noticed it was unusually quiet in Mr Clancy's flat.

Mr Clancy lived alone, except for his beloved pet dog.

"I didn't hear any noise. Usually there are some noises… the dog or something; [there was] nothing," Mr Nedelcu said.

"I went upstairs to let him know I [was] back. I saw the door kind of broken. I opened it a bit, but the dog started barking and I closed it back," he added.

Mr Nedelcu (50) described Mr Clancy as "a very quiet guy, a very nice guy".

He said two females called to the property on Sunday evening asking to speak to Mr Clancy.

One of the females discovered Mr Clancy's body, he added.

Yesterday, neighbours and friends laid flowers outside the property.

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