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Man arrested in Finglas murder probe was detained earlier this week over 'erratic behaviour'

Senior sources reveal that the Brazilian suspect was medically assessed by a doctor called to the garda station, who deemed him fit for release.

A Garda at the apartment block entrance with flowers and a lighted lantern in honour of the deceased woman

Ken Foy

A Brazilian man in custody for the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman in Finglas was arrested by gardai earlier this week over “his erratic behaviour”  linked to mental health problems on Dublin’s main thoroughfare.

We can reveal that the suspect was taken into garda custody under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act after he was detected on O’Connell Street wearing only a pair of shorts.

He was arrested over his “bizarre behaviour” amid mental health concerns and was taken to a north Dublin city centre station.

Senior sources reveal that the Brazilian suspect was medically assessed by a doctor called to the garda station, who deemed him fit for release.

But within a couple of days of this release, he was arrested on suspicion of murdering the 32-year-old woman, who was well known to him.

“The chief suspect was arrested under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act on O’Connell Street a few days before the murder. He was acting erratically and dressed only in a pair of shorts.

A Garda at the scene in Charlestown where the remains of a woman were discovered this morning Picture; Gerry Mooney

"Because of mental health concerns, he was taken into custody. A doctor assessed him and he was later deemed medically fit for release.

"The atrocity in Finglas then occurred within a couple of days,” according to a senior source.

It is also understood that gardai were never called to the Finglas apartment where the Brazilian woman was murdered.

The suspect has no criminal convictions.

According to a source, the woman suffered “severe neck injuries” during the attack.

A knife used in the murder has been recovered by officers.

The man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to Finglas Garda Station where he remains in custody.

Gardaí said they attended the scene at approximately 6.15am and gained entrance to the premises.

“The body of a woman, aged in her 30s, was discovered having suffered fatal injuries,” a garda spokesman said.

“Her body remains at the scene.

“The scene is currently preserved, and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau. The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and a post-mortem will be conducted later today.

“A man, aged in his 30s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and taken to Finglas Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

There was shock in the community as details of the killing emerged.

One local councillor in Finglas said the community was behind the family and friends of the woman.

"This is another sad situation coming just a couple of months after we had a similar incident not too far away,” Cllr Keith Connolly said.

"Obviously, the community is appalled and shocked by this incident in the early hours of this morning.

"I'd like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the person and let them know the community is behind them."

Cllr Mary Callaghan described the incident as "a shocking tragedy for the family and the community".

"I offer my sincere condolences to anyone affected," she said. "We need to allow gardai time to investigate and establish what happened."

Cllr Noeleen Reilly said it was awful tragedy "to once more hear about a woman being killed in violent circumstances".

“My thoughts go to her and her family and friends," she added.

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