Plea to employers over Latvian man's murder

Gardaí tonight appealed to employers to assist their investigation into the murder of a 25-year-old Latvian man in Dublin.

The man was stabbed in the upstairs section of his rented house in Ardcollum Avenue in Artane this morning and died shortly afterwards in Beaumont Hospital.

Superintendent Noel McLoughlin, who is leading the murder investigation, said he believed that employers might be able to help track down people who entered the house at 8.30am.

“Quite a number of Latvians are in gainful employment. Some may not have turned up to work this morning or may be acting suspiciously at work when they went in. We’d ask employers to come forward if they noticed anything unusual about their employees.”

Gardaí have identified the 25-year-old man who was from Riga in Latvia but have not yet made contact with his family.

He arrived in Ireland last July and had been sharing the house in Artane with a number of people from other Eastern European countries.

Superintendent McLoughlin confirmed that a knife believed to be used in the attack had been recovered from the house and added that it had been taken away for technical examination.

He said there had been good co-operation from locals in Artane, who had come forward or phoned from their workplaces with reports of suspicious activity.

“We’re also appealing to the Latvian community for assistance. They’ve been very helpful in the past and I’d ask them to come forward again and talk to us.”

Anyone with information can contact gardai in Coolock at 01 6664200.

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