Stabbing upgraded to murder inquiry

The stabbing of a 31-year-old man in Cork on Friday is now being treated as murder after the victim died in hospital last night.

Davin Hamilton was stabbed in the chest at Kerryhall Road, Fairhill, on Friday afternoon and was in a critical condition for a number of days in Cork University Hospital. Mr Hamilton died yesterday and gardaí upgraded the investigation to a murder inquiry.

Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating a third stabbing within four days in Cork City. None of the incidents were related.

The latest stab victim was found lying in a pool of blood on the northside of the city at 6.25am yesterday.

The man, 35, had been stabbed repeatedly in the back, neck, and arms but, his injuries are not life-threatening.

He was found by a passerby lying on a footpath outside a house at Parkview, Wellington Road, and was taken to Cork University Hospital. Gardaí are waiting to interview the victim.

Supt Tom Myers, who is leading the investigation, said gardaí were carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area and were appealing for anybody with information to contact Mayfield Garda Station at 021-4558510.

Following the fatal stabbing of Mark Hanlon, 31, from Lotamore, in the early hours of Sunday morning, at Infirmary Road, gardaí have charged a male in his 20s in connection with the incident, and he will appear before Cork District Court this morning. A female who was also being detained in the Bridewell Garda Station was released yesterday evening without charge

In Mayo, a man was being held yesterday by gardaí for questioning about the fatal shooting on Sunday of a 71-year-old dairy farmer.

The victim was Tom Biggins of Wallpark, Glencorrib, south Mayo, who had an extensive holding of land on the northern shoreline of Lough Corrib.

Mr Biggins, a married man with a large family, died from gunshot wounds shortly after being rushed by ambulance from his isolated farm to University College Hospital, Galway.

A short time later, a man in his early 30s was arrested for questioning. He was still being held last night at Claremorris Garda Station.

Yesterday, state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy conducted a postmortem examination. The results have not being made known at this time.

Gardaí were called to the house where Mr Biggins lived around 2.15pm on Sunday. They discovered the victim in a critical condition with what were described as “serious injuries”.

Gardaí repeated their request yesterday for anybody with information to contact them at 094-9371222.


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