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One man remains in custody as teen arrested in connection with Rhode fire released

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
One man remains in custody as teen arrested in connection with Rhode fire released

Yesterday Gardai arrested two males aged 27 and 17, in connection with a horrific stabbing and fire at a remote house in Offally.

The 17-year-old was today released without charged, a file is being prepared for the DPP.

The 27-year-old man remains in custody.

The victim, 24-year-old Ciaran Murphy, was reportedly beaten and stabbed at the house in the townland of Coolcor outside Rhode last month.

Ciaran Murphy

Ciaran Murphy

The house Mr Murphy was staying in was also set on fire.

Up to 90pc of the 24-year-old's body is understood to have been burned in the vicious attack.

At the time of the attack, Mr Murphy was believed to have escaped the house and was found by a passer-by at the rear of the secluded property.

This passer-by then raised the alarm.

Gardai say the victim was rushed to Tullamore Hospital but then transferred to St James Hospital in Dublin.

The 27-year-old is due to appear in court later today.