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Gardai appeal for witnesses to murder of Karl Holmes

Karl Holmes
Karl Holmes

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the killing of 45-year-old Karl Holmes yesterday.

The victim, a former boxer, was attacked in the Avonbeg Gardens estate shortly before 5.30pm yesterday.

It is understood that Mr Holmes, a well-known local criminal from Homelawn Drive in Tallaght, arrived in the area around the corner from his home to settle a bitter dispute.

Sources said Mr Holmes was planning to confront associates of a dissident republican, over an alleged attack on a young person, when he was murdered.

A number of people are suspected of being involved in the brutal attack and it is understood that Mr Holmes was attacked with a samurai sword as well as "blunt instruments".

He received a number of horrific injuries to his body.

Mr Holmes was pronounced dead in Tallaght Hospital at around 6pm. Neighbours said that Mr Holmes, who was a father of young children, was a talented boxer in his youth and previously represented Ireland.

He was previously jailed for five years for causing grievous bodily harm to an acquaintance who died three days after being head-butted.

The then-21-year-old took his victim, Thomas Weekes, then 19, to his home after the assault to have his injury cleaned up.

After being released from jail for this crime, Holmes continued to have brushes with the law including being jailed for 12 months at Dublin Circuit Court in October 2009, for being part of a "cartel" who defrauded the Revenue of almost €53,000.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today at the mortuary in Tallaght Hospital.

An incident room has been established at Tallaght Garda Station and Garda family liaison officer has been appointed in the case and House to House enquiries are ongoing.

Forensic examination of a number of houses have commenced

Superintendent Peter Duff at Tallaght Garda Station today is appealing for witnesses to this incident and in particularly he is appealing to anyone who was in the Avonbeg Gardens area between 16.30 to 18.00hrs yesterday to contact them.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Tallaght Garda Station on 01-666 6000 or any Garda Station.