THE first murder to happen in Limerick for nearly two years may have been the result of a ‘silly argument gone wrong’, with 65-year-old Patrick Redmond dying from a single stab wound to the back.
A large operation consisting of between 20 and 30 gardai is underway since the stabbing incident, which took place in the Mount Kennett apartments early on Sunday morning.
Mr Redmond, a separated father of three grown up daughters originally from Dublin but living in Limerick for a number of years, was found stabbed on the floor of an apartment just down the hall from where he lived.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning, and gardai would only say officially that they were “working towards establishing a motive in the murder investigation”.
However, the Limerick Leader has learned from a source close to the case that the motive is “not going to be robbery or anything like that, it is going to be some sort of a silly argument that has gone wrong”.
“It wasn’t a house party, or anything like that, it wasn’t drugs fuelled, it was some sort of silly argument gone wrong,” repeated the source.
Gardai are said to be “keeping an open mind” and are meticulously examining two scenes in the apartment complex, with forensic examinations still taking place, and are conducting door to door enquiries of the entire complex.
Superintendent Dan Keane of Henry Street, who is leading the investigation, applied for and received a 48 hour hold on the crime scenes in the District Court on Sunday evening.
“We are in the gathering and reviewing mode now of this investigation, with daily conferences going on here in Henry Street garda station,” he said late on Monday evening.
“The first five days in an investigation like this are crucial, that is when we do our major work.
“We have different specialists who are coming down and assisting our divisional crime scene unit with different specialities involved in this case,” added Supt Keane.
A number of items have been removed from the premises and are going forward for forensic examination, which will determine the next course of action for gardai. These are thought to include a number of knives taken from the apartment where Mr Redmond was found.
Mr Redmond, who did not have a criminal record, was living in an apartment on the same floor of the complex where he was found for the past number of years.
He was described as being “quite frail” and in poor health and was recently released from hospital where he was being treated. He also suffered a recent break-in to his apartment, it is understood.
A post mortem carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis on Sunday established that Mr Redmond died from a fatal stab wound to the back.
Gardai are still appealing for witnesses to contact Henry Street in confidence on 061-212400.