Murder probe as multiple stab victim dies on steps of house
A MAN was left to die on the steps of a house after he was stabbed several times today.
Gardai in Limerick city are searching for an assailant who stabbed his victim to death in the Prospect area of the city.
The victim has been named locally as Gerard McMahon from Raheen Square, Ballinacurra-Weston. It is understood Mr McMahon (43) comes from a large family who are well-known.
While investigations are at an early stage, the Herald understands that officers from Roxboro Road garda station have already identified one local man they are keen to interview in relation to the death.
It is believed he has information which would be extremely helpful to officers.
The violent attack took place around 12.30am. The victim had been drinking earlier in the night.
It is believed that ambulance staff who arrived at the scene contacted gardai when they discovered that the victim had suffered a number of stab wounds. He was found lying outside the home on Lenihan Avenue.
He was rushed by paramedics to the Mid-Western regional hospital in Dooradoyle, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Officers have sealed off the house and the scene at Lenihan Avenue on the southside of the city and a forensic examination will take place later today. Residents in the area will also be interviewed in a bid to establish if any of them witnessed the incident or have any details on its background.
As part of their enquiries, gardai are attempting to establish a motive for the attack. It is believed the weapon used in the violent death has not been recovered. Searches of the surrounding streets will begin later today.
Mr McMahon was known as a criminal to gardai and had a number of court appearances for burglary and larceny. In June 2007, he was jailed for three months after he defecated in the public gallery of Limerick's historic courthouse.
He is a brother of convicted killer Anthony McMahon (34) who is currently serving a 10 year sentence for stabbing two health workers during a 'frenzied' attack at a hospital in Limerick in January, 2008.
The State Pathologist's Office has been contacted and a post-mortem examination will take place later today.