Gardai appeal for witnesses after man stabbed, beaten and left to die in burning house

Ciaran Murphy
Ciaran Murphy

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to an assault and house fire which occurred at Cloncur, Rhode, County Offaly, last night.

On arrival Gardaí discovered Ciaran Murphy (24) who had reportedly been beaten and stabbed and had extensive burn injuries.

He is currently in a critical condition at St James Hospital in Dublin.

The incident occurred between 11.30pm and 1.50am at a house at Coolcur in Rhode, authorities said.

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

His condition is described as critical. Gardai have received no reports of anyone else injured in the incident.

An incident-room has been set up at Tullamore Garda Station and a conference has taken place. House to house inquiries are currently taking place in the Rhode area.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and is liaising with the family. The scene is currently preserved for technical examination.

This afternoon Inspector Kieran Keyes, Tullamore Garda Station, issued the following appeal:

"I am appealing for witnesses or anyone with information, particularly those who may have been in the Rhode area of County Offaly last night or early this morning, between 12 midnight and 2am Monday 7th September 2015 to contact Gardaí at Tullamore Garda Station on 057-9327600, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.”