Gardai no longer investigating Tallaght death as murder

Karl Holmes
Karl Holmes

The Gardai have announced that Karl Holmes' death is now being treated as 'violent disorder'

Reports in today's press say that Holmes died of a heart attack after he was repeatedly kicked in the assault at Avonbeg Gardens on Thursday evening.

In a statement last night Gardai said: 'Gardai in Tallaght investigating the death of Karl Holmes on the 4th September 2015, can confirm, following the results of the Post mortem that they are now investigating the matter as Violent Disorder, Assault and a Public Order incident.'

It is believed that a row between some teenagers over a bicycle led to the death of Holmes.

Holmes was trying to resolve a dispute around the corner from his house when it escalated into the incident that ultimately led to the 45-year-old's death.

Sources said Holmes was planning to confront associates of a dissident republican over the alleged attack on a male teenager when he was murdered.

Gardai are investigating whether a woman known to the victim had also been assaulted before Holmes arrived in the estate.

Holmes was attacked with a samurai sword as well as blunt instruments in an attack that lasted for a number of minutes.

He received a number of serious injuries to his body and was pronounced dead in Tallaght Hospital at around 6pm.

An incident room has been established at Tallaght Garda Station and Garda family liaison officer has been appointed in the case and House to House enquiries are ongoing.

Forensic examination of a number of houses have commenced.

Superintendent Peter Duff at Tallaght Garda Station today is appealing for witnesses to this incident and in particularly he is appealing to anyone who was in the Avonbeg Gardens area between 16.30 to 18.00hrs yesterday to contact them.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Tallaght Garda Station on 01-666 6000 or any Garda Station.