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"Killer" ditched blood soaked clothes and bought shoes in charity shop after knife rampage

Knife attack victim Leo Carolan
Knife attack victim Leo Carolan

The unknown third man gardai want to talk to in relation to the fatal stabbing of DJ Leo Carolan may have dumped his blood soaked top in a nearby skip.

According to reports in this morning’s Sun gardai have sealed off a dumpster close to the murder victim’s home on Dublin’s South Circular Road.

A short sleeved item of item of clothing was discovered in the bin, which is now being examined by officers.

Bloodstains on the path outside Leo Carolan's home

Gardai have also been pouring over CCTV after receiving reports that a customer, covered in blood, bought a pair of shoes in a nearby charity shop, after the incident.

Staff in the south Dublin charity shop allegedly told officers that a man drenched in blood had bought shoes from them.

When approached by reporters from The Sun, the outlet’s managed said: “The gardai have been in to talk to us about this incident but we can’t say anything else.”

Investigating detectives believe the man – described as 5’6” and wearing a dark blood-stained top – has “crucial information” in relation to the murder.

The victim, Mr Carolan (25), was living in the apartment for some time having returned from France.

He studied Anthropology in Lyon before continuing his education in Creative Music Production at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

He was also a budding DJ.

Officers spent a number of hours yesterday interviewing the second victim, Swiss national Ludovic Thomas.

However, it is understood he does not to know the third man being sought by gardai in relation to the attack. 

Detectives were last night still trying to piece together all the facts surrounding the bloodbath on the South Circular Road on Tuesday..

It has also emerged that Mr Carolan had been due to meet a close female relative of his at around the time of his murder, but this arrangement had been cancelled.

Supt Pat McMenamin, of Kevin Street Garda Station, said detectives were “anxious” to locate a third individual seen leaving the property.

He also stated that a murder investigation has been established after a preliminary post mortem was carried out on the deceased man’s body.

“The male that was injured is in hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries,” he said.

 “We have spoken to him and once he’s received further treatment for his injuries, we will speak to him again.

“We are anxious to locate a third person who was at the scene and we would ask that person to make contact with us.

“We believe that person has crucial information to this investigation that will assist us,” he said.

“That person is described as a man in his mid 20s, around 5’6”  in height, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and runners,” he added.

“He had fair or reddish hair that was cut short, and may have been carrying a bag,” Supt McMenamin told reporters yesterday.

“A murder investigation has been established and an incident room set up in Kevin Street. We had two scenes preserved and they have been examined by our colleagues in the Garda Technical Bureau,” he added.

An eyewitness told the Herald how they saw a man stagger across the road from the property before collapsing on the footpath.

Basser Clkhodaior (36), who has been living in the area for the past three years, described how he saw the injured man with knife wounds being tended to.

“He wasn’t talking, he was full of blood,” he said.