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Gardaí seek man who left murdered mum Lisa Thompson’s ID card at garda station

"At the moment the person that handed in this document is being treated as a witness not a suspect – gardaí are urging him to come forward."
Murder victim Lisa Thompson

Murder victim Lisa Thompson

Ken Foy

Gardaí were last night trying to urgently make contact with a man described as a “potential witness” in the investigation into the murder of mother-of-two Lisa Thompson.

The man handed an ID card belonging to the 52-year-old to a civilian garda staff member at Finglas Garda Station shortly after 7am on Thursday.

“What was handed in is an official document, an ID card which had her details on it. Gardaí need to know where this document was found,” a senior source said.

“At the moment the person that handed in this document is being treated as a witness not a suspect – gardaí are urging him to come forward.

“Gardaí continue to keep an open mind in relation to this murder, and what happened last Thursday at Finglas Garda Station could be just a bizarre coincidence or something of perhaps much greater significance.”

Gardaí have CCTV of the man handing the card in at the Finglas Garda Station and are determined to know why he had a document belonging to murder victim Ms Thompson which she would normally have on her person or in her home.

“Gardaí want to stress that this man is not a suspect at this stage and in fact there is no suspect who has yet been definitely identified,” the source added.

“While CCTV has been examined at the garda station, hundreds of hours of CCTV has also been gathered from near the victim’s home in Ballymun.”

It is understood that gardaí are working on the theory that Ms Thompson was murdered in a frenzied knife attack at her home on the weekend of Saturday, May 7, receiving around a dozen fatal stab wounds.

There was no sign of a break-in or a struggle or fight in her property, backing up the theory that Ms Thompson more than likely knew her killer.

The latest twist in the case was announced by gardaí in a statement yesterday morning.

“Gardaí at Ballymun continue to investigate the murder of Lisa Thompson, whose body was discovered on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at her home in Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 11,” it said.

“On the morning of Thursday, May 12, 2022 at approximately 7.10am, a male handed a document in the name of the deceased, Lisa Thompson, to a Garda staff member at the front door of Finglas Garda Station and left on foot.

“An Garda Síochána in Ballymun are appealing to this male to make urgent contact with the investigation team at Ballymun Garda Station at 01 666 4400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.”

Gardaí believe that Ms Thompson may have been in the house for two days before her body was found by neighbours on Tuesday afternoon of last week.

Her children have lived with their father for some time, and were not in the house with her when she was killed.

It was previously revealed that a “recent lifestyle change” in the personal circumstances of the victim is being investigated as a possible motive for her murder.

While Ms Thompson did not abuse illegal drugs, it is understood she had developed an addiction issue with prescription medication which may have brought her into contact with ruthless criminal elements.

Locals in Ballymun who have been left shocked by the murder will gather this Friday at 4.30pm for a candlelit vigil in memory of Ms Thompson at The Axis Centre.

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