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Thursday 20 September 2018

Youth held after club stab death is released

Paramedics tried in vain to save victim Jamie Higgins
Paramedics tried in vain to save victim Jamie Higgins

A teenager arrested in relation to the murder of a young man in a nightclub incident over St Patrick's weekend has been released without charge.

The 19-year-old was arrested by gardai investigating the fatal stabbing of Jamie Higgins (23) in Shannon, Co Clare, in the early hours of Sunday.

The victim, originally from Limerick, was stabbed several times at the Shannon Knights nightclub at around 2am.

A second man, a 22-year-old, is recovering in hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries .

Investigating officers from Shannon Garda Station arrested a 19-year-old man in relation to the murder in the aftermath of the incident.

Questioned

He was questioned before being released without charge, and a file is now being prepared for the DPP.

The arrested teenager is also originally from Limerick but it is not yet known if he was known to the victim.

Emergency services were quickly alerted to the incident and gardai, Shannon Fire Brigade and National Ambulance Service paramedics attended the scene.

On arrival, emergency crews found that two men inside the premises had been stabbed.

A garda who had arrived at the scene quickly carried out CPR on the more seriously injured man.

Both victims were treated at the scene by paramedics and firefighters before they were taken to University Hospital Limerick, where Mr Higgins was pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday, the details of which have not been released.

CCTV footage gathered from the nightclub will form a vital part of the garda investigation into the murder, and officers from Shannon Garda Station are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

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