Fears boy (15) wanted in connection with murder has fled the country

Forensic experts at the scene of the killing in Dublin
Forensic experts at the scene of the killing in Dublin

A teenage boy wanted in relation with the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly is feared to have fled the country.

Detectives investigating the murder of Mr O'Reilly (21) believe the 15-year-old suspect has been smuggled out of the country in order to evade questioning. 

The young boy, who is reported to have links to 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, is believed to have been sent to Spain following the killing. 

Detectives will seek extradition if the boy has indeed fled to Spain - if there is enough evidence to charge him.

Mr O'Reilly was stabbed to death in the inner city Oliver Bond flat complex in the early hours of Sunday morning. Reports suggest he was intervening in a fight when he was attacked. 

He received a single stab wound to the chest and was rushed to nearby St James's Hospital. However, he passed away shortly thereafter. 

Gardai began hunting the suspect just several hours after the killing and searched a number of premises he was connected with. However, he was not found and fears began to grow he had fled the country. 

Sources also told the Irish Daily Star that the attack may have been witnessed by some individuals who are too afraid to come forward.

"Many people in the complex are just too afraid to go out and speak to gardai," the source said. 

"There is an atmosphere of fear among many of the people, especially the younger ones."

It was reported the boy may have been involved in a number of violent incidents in the past 12 months. His "threatening behaviour" was noted by gardai. 

Superintendent Patrick McMenamin of Kevin Street Garda Station acknowledged the "excellent assistance and co-operation received from the community of the Oliver Bond complex".

He added "there were others" present at the time of the attack who know what happened and urged them to come forward as their information would be vital to the investigation. 

He appealed for witnesses to the incident, in particular, present at the flats complex between 2am and 3am on Sunday, to contact them at Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station. 

An incident room has been established at Kevin Street Garda Station and a senior investigating officer and a family liaison officer and a team of detectives have been appointed in this case.

House to house enquiries continue to be carried out and up to 100 enquiries have been conducted to date.