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murder probe Pensioner was killed during frenzied attack by criminal in an 'intoxicated haze', gardai believe

The chief suspect was only released from jail last month and is extremely well known to gardai.

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The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

An innocent and vulnerable man killed in his home suffered “well over 20 injuries” to his body in an attack that gardai believe was carried out by a suspect in “an intoxicated haze.”

Pensioner Kwok Ping Cheng was found bludgeoned to death in his south-inner city Dublin home on last Thursday.

Gardai recovered an axe used in the brutal attack at the scene of the murder and a hammer was located during another search in west Dublin at the weekend.

After studying excellent quality CCTV footage in the case, a suspect aged in his 20s was arrested this morning.

He was only released from jail last month after serving a sentence for theft and is extremely well known to gardai.

“This was a brutal and frenzied and indeed sickening attack.

"No motive has been established yet. The violence inflicted on the victim goes beyond any normality,” the source said.

Mr Cheng, who was aged in his 70s and originally from Hong Kong, was found dead in his home in Robinson’s Court, off Cork Street in the city centre.

His body was discovered by a care worker who had called to the property.

The only suspect in the case has an address in south inner city but is originally from Tallaght.

Gardai believe that he entered the property through an open window but it is unclear if he actually robbed anything from the property.

The victim’s body was found in the sitting room of his home and it is believed he was attacked while watching television sometime after midnight.

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Mr Cheng had extensive injuries to his head and upper neck.

“Gardaí in Kevin Street have this morning, Wednesday 5th May 2021, arrested a man in his 20s in relation to the discovery of body of a male at a residence on Cork Street, Dublin 8 on the 29th April 2021,” a spokesman said.

“He is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a south Dublin Garda station on suspicion of murder,” he added.

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