Husband quizzed about wife's stabbing death

The husband of a woman who died following a stabbing in her home was tonight being questioned by murder squad detectives after handing himself in.

Mother-of-four Joan Vickers was brutally attacked at the house in Dublin’s north inner city – close to where mechanic Aidan O’Kane was gunned down late last year.

Her husband, Brian, later walked into Raheny garda station and reported the early morning assault in Shelmalier Road, East Wall.

The 42-year-old was transferred to Store Street garda station where he was arrested around lunchtime.

It is understood detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.

Tom Stafford, Fianna Fáil north inner-city councillor, who knew the dead woman, said the close-knit community was shocked by the brutal killing.

“It traumatises the whole area, because it’s a very village type area,” he said.

“Everybody knows everybody. East Wall is a village and everybody knows what’s going on.

“When this type of thing happens it does upset people. She was a lovely attractive lady and always had a smiling word and a good word for you, always.

“She was part of the community and he always did her bit. But that’s indicative of East Wall.”

It is believed Mrs Vickers, a housewife aged in her mid-40s who grew up in the area, had been attacked in the past.

Her body was discovered around 6am and she was rushed to the Mater Hospital but later died.

Gardaí sealed off the house for forensic examinations and Mrs Vickers’ body was taken to the city morgue.

The state pathologist’s office was also notified and gardaí said a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Her husband is being held under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for up to 24 hours.

It is understood Mrs Vickers’ two eldest children – a man in his early 20s and woman in her late teens – had moved out of the family home but she still lived with her two youngest boys, one aged 10 and the other in his mid-teens.

She also had two grandchildren.

The killing took place just across the street from the house belonging to mechanic and father of one Aidan O’Kane, who was shot dead last December.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.

Local Labour TD Joe Costello branded the latest death a tragedy of immense proportions.

“This death of this mother of four is very sad, and my thoughts today are with her children, grandchildren, her father and all her surviving family members,” Mr Costello said.

“The victim of today’s attack grew up in the area and by all accounts was highly regarded and very well liked.

“This violent incident has further rocked the close-knit community in East Wall, which has already reeling from the murder of Aidan O’Kane on the same road, just last December.”


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