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Brazilian man held following fatal stabbing of father-of-three

Jay Banville
Jay Banville

A Brazilian man will appear in court today following the fatal stabbing of a young father-of-three.

Gardai have also appealed to two women who may have information about the violent death of James (Jay) Banville (28) in Waterford city at the weekend to come forward with information.

A 35-year-old man, who is understood to be a Brazilian national and who lives in Waterford, was arrested near the scene of the crime.

He is expected to appear before Waterford District Court today.

It is the third stabbing in the city in recent days, while officers are also investigating allegations of a seperate sexual assault last week.

The location is a few hundred metres from O’Connell Street, where a man in his 40s was injured when he was stabbed during a unconnected incident at about 6.45pm on Thursday.

He was treated in hospital for injuries described as “non-life threatening”.

Waterford city councillor John Hearne said there are serious concerns over the level of crime in the city and Garda resourcing.

“The guards just don’t have the numbers. You just don’t see them about. If they haven’t got them they can’t police,” he said.

“We just need more guards – we don’t have them and that’s it,” he told the Sunday World.

The attack came as the city launched a ‘Purple Flag’ campaign to promote the city as a safe destination.

Gardaí were alerted to yesterday’s fatal attack at 3.20am by a member of the public who said a man had been badly injured.

“On arrival at the scene, gardaí discovered that the man had been stabbed and he was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” stated Gardaí.

“A 35-year-old man was arrested nearby and is currently detained at Waterford Garda Station,” it was added yesterday.

The arrested man is a foreign national, according to sources.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

The State Pathologist was also due to carry out a full post mortem examination.

Gardaí have appealed to witnesses who may have been in the New Street/John Street area between 3am and 4am on Saturday to contact them at the incident room in Waterford Garda Station on 051-305300, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.