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Tragic student Cameron Blair

Tragic student Cameron Blair

Tragic student Cameron Blair

A teenager who presented himself at a Cork garda station over the fatal stabbing of student Cameron Blair (20) was last night being questioned under arrest.

The 17-year-old arrived at Togher Garda Station and asked to speak with detectives investigating the fatal stabbing on the Bandon Road on January 16.

Gardai later arrested the teenage boy and detained him under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He can be detained for an initial period of 12 hours but that can be extended for up to 24 hours. Gardai must decide today whether to release or charge the teen.

Detectives are working on a file in respect of the fatal stabbing for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The teen is from Cork city and attended the house party at which Mr Blair suffered fatal injuries.

The development came as the remains of Mr Blair were released back to his family, with his funeral now set to take place on Sunday.

The Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) student died after suffering a stab wound to the neck while he was attending a house party on January 16 off the Bandon Road in Cork.

Three young men had attended the social gathering uninvited.

All three were in the process of being asked to leave when one lashed out at Mr Blair and he suffered his fatal injury.

A senior garda source said they have made "significant progress" with their investigation over the past few days.

CCTV footage is expected to play a crucial role in the investigation.

Mr Blair's body has now been released back to his family.

He is survived by his parents, Noel and Kathy, and younger brother, Alan.

Athlete

The young man will repose at his Ballinascarthy home from 10am tomorrow, with his funeral service taking place in St Peter's, Church of Ireland, in Bandon at 2pm on Sunday.

The young man will be buried at Kilbeg Cemetery.

Mr Blair was an accomplished rugby player and athlete, winning several national honours. He had attended Bandon Grammar School before studying engineering at CIT.