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Murder investigation Gardaí probe whether historic row led to fatal steak knife stabbing in Kilkenny

Gardaí believe Mr Cash was spotted on the road and chased by a man before being fatally assaulted with a steak knife.

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Garda forensics pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the Hebron Road in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Garda forensics pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the Hebron Road in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Garda forensics pictured at the scene of a stabbing on the Hebron Road in Kilkenny. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

A murder investigation is under way after a 40-year-old man was fatally stabbed at least three times, possibly as part of a historic row dating back more than 10 years.

The victim, named locally as John Cash (40), was assaulted as he walked along Hebron Road near Kilkenny city shortly before 1pm yesterday afternoon.

Gardaí believe Mr Cash was spotted on the road and chased by a man before being fatally assaulted with a steak knife.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at around 12.45pm.

When they arrived they discovered Mr Cash, who was from west Dublin, with serious injuries consistent with being stabbed.

He was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny but despite the best efforts of medics he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and last night remained in garda custody in relation to the fatal assault.

The suspect is from the Kilkenny area and at this stage gardaí are probing whether the stabbing is linked to a historic row dating back more than 10 years.

“Initial inquiries have established that the victim was walking down the street when he was spotted and attacked,” a source said.

“He was stabbed at least three times. The arrested man is from the Kilkenny area,” the source added.

The suspect was last night being detained at Kilkenny garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He can be held for a period of up to 24 hours from the time of his arrest, before gardaí must either charge him or release him from custody pending a file being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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It is understood that garda detectives have not yet been able to formally question him as the suspect was described as being “intoxicated” upon being detained at the scene.

A Garda spokeswoman said that they are continuing to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the fatal assault.

The scene on Hebron Road also remained sealed off yesterday afternoon to facilitate a technical examination by forensic gardaí.

Investigators could be seen carrying out inquiries and focusing on the rear of a small truck filled with concrete blocks.

The Office of the State Pathologist has also been notified for the purposes of a post-mortem examination being carried out.

A garda spokeswoman said: “Any person who was on Hebron Road this afternoon between 12.30pm and 1pm, including any road users who may have camera footage, including dash cam, is asked to make this available to investigating gardaí."

She added: “Any person with any information which may be relevant to the Garda investigation should contact Kilkenny garda station on 056 777 5000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.”

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