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Stabbing victim 'in fear of his life' in days before fatal attack

Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis

A MAN stabbed to death in a violent attack in west Dublin had been paranoid about his safety in the days before he was killed.

Robert Ellis (25) was cornered and attacked in the back garden of a house in the Liscarne estate, Clondalkin, in the early hours of last Tuesday.

He had a number of previous convictions but was not considered a major criminal.

Gardai believe he was chased by a gang of up to four men before being set upon.

The group then fled over the back garden wall of the property, but it is not known in which direction they escaped.

It has emerged that the father of one feared for his lifein the days before the attack after receiving threats from a Clondalkin-based gang.

“He told his friends that he wanted to go to prison where he would be safer. He was paranoid in the days before he was killed,” a source said.

Gardai are investigating a number of lines of inquiry and a number of suspects have been identified.

One theory being looked at is that associates of two Clondalkin-based brothers carried out the attack.

The pair, who are considered major criminals, are also suspected of ordering a gun attack on Ellis last year.

During that incident, he and his pregnant girlfriend were shot a number of times by a lone gunman in the Grange View estate, Clondalkin, in March last year.

Ellis was previously involved in a botched hit on the two brothers, during which he and a number of associates targeted the wrong property.

The pair are not suspected of direct involvement in Ellis’ week’s killing, but gardai believe they ordered the fatal attack.

Detectives at Lucan Garda Station have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

No arrests have yet been made.