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Murder probe launched after death of man following city centre attack

Murder probe launched after death of man following city centre attack

Gardai have launched a murder investigation into the death of a man who was assaulted in Limerick last Wednesday night.

The victim of Wednesday night's assault, aged in his 50s, suffered serious head injuries after he was attacked at the junction of Lord Edward Street and Lower Carey’s Road, Limerick, around 7.45pm.

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he passed away around 5.30am this morning.

Gardai have conducted house to house enquiries in the vicinity of the attack and CCTV footage is being harvested.

A Garda spokesman said the victim "died around 5.30am, and the investigation has been upgraded to murder".

Gardai at Roxboro Road have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 061-214340.

The victim was a close relative of Jason Freyne, who was jailed for five and a half years last May after he shot a man who was sitting on a wall next to a group of children.

Freyne, (24), of no fixed abode, was wearing a bullet-proof vest and armed with a sawn-off shotgun and roaming Limerick on his bicycle, intent on shooting people, Limerick Circuit Court heard.

When Gardai arrested Freyne he told them he would have killed someone had he not been apprehended.

Freyne, (24), of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a 12 gauge sawn-off shotgun and cartridges at Hyde Rd, Limerick, on May 9, 2015, with intent to endanger life.