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Arrest warrant Irishman to be extradited from the UK to face charges relating to murder of Conor Quinn in Cork

Mr Quinn was stabbed once in the chest by this man who then fled the scene of the attack

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Conor Quinn was killed in July 2018

Conor Quinn was killed in July 2018

Conor Quinn was killed in July 2018

A 24-year-old man is to be extradited back to Ireland from the UK to face charges relating to the murder of Conor Quinn in July 2018. 

Mr Quinn, a native of Loughrea in Co Galway who had moved to live in Killavullen in North Cork some months earlier, was stabbed to death during a row on Bridge Street in Mallow. He had got out of a car with another man to confront another young man at around 8.30pm that night when a row broke out.

Mr Quinn was stabbed once in the chest by this man who then fled the scene of the attack.

The incident was witnessed by both Mr Quinn’s friend as well as some other passers-by and was also captured on CCTV.

Mr Quinn collapsed on the street where a passing ambulance stopped and brought him to Cork University Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly on arrival.

Gardaí had identified the suspect early on in their investigation but he fled to the UK. Gardaí began liaising with their UK counterparts through Interpol and police located the suspect who was living under a false name in Cambridgeshire.

He has now been arrested by British police on foot of an Irish arrest warrant in Huntingdon on Thursday morning.

He was brought before Westminster Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody to appear again on November 12 when it is expected he will be extradited back to Ireland.

Mr Quinn’s partner, Stephanie, who gave birth to a baby just a few days after the killing named the boy, Conor, after Mr Quinn.

He was also survived by his parents, Paul and Teresa, his brother, Anthony and his sister, Sinead.

In August 2021, Conor’s grieving mother described how she and her family have woken up every morning for more than three years with the pain of his death, knowing that his killer is still out there.

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Conor’s mother, Theresa, told The Echo: “It's three years later and no one has been charged with the murder.”

Theresa said her beloved son was a “young man with all his life in front of him”.

She added: “Every day, we wake up to the same pain. Our lives will never be the same. We try to be happy, but there is no justice.”

At Conor’s funeral Mass, in Tipperary, the celebrant, Fr Eugene Everard, questioned why people carry knives.

He said: “Again and again, we hear that somebody’s life has ended, and a knife was used. Why do we carry them? It’s when it comes to our own doorstep that we see the senselessness of it all.... We don’t need them. They bring too much pain and tragedy to people’s lives.”

The killing is thought to be linked to an earlier incident, at Cahirmee horse fair, in Buttevant, which takes place every July 12.

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