THE break-up of a teenage romance may have sparked the fatal stabbing in Limerick that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Ukrainian boy.
Gardaí were last night seeking a man aged 19, who they suspect carried out the fatal attack on Roman Vysochan near his home in the Corbally suburb on Saturday night.
The dead teenager’s family live at Carrig Midhe, Corbally, having moved to Ireland three years ago.
It is believed that a friend of Roman, also 16 and from Limerick, had broken up with his girlfriend on Saturday evening. Another youth known to the girl then went to Corbally at about 11pm on Saturday night where he confronted the girl’s former boyfriend, who was with Roman.
However, Roman received a fatal stab wound to the chest when he went to protect his friend from a frenzied knife attack. The girl’s former boyfriend received stab wounds to the leg, which were treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
A youth aged 16 who went to Corbally with the 19-year-old stabbing suspect was arrested on Sunday morning. He was released yesterday without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
Gardaí suspect this youth assaulted Roman, but did not use the knife.
Supt John Kerin, Henry Street, who is heading the murder investigation said: “We are looking for a 19-year-old and we are satisfied we know what happened. We have spoken with his family to persuade him to talk to us and we believe that this will happen sooner rather than later. It is in his own interest to meet and discuss what happened and why it happened.”
It is believed that all four who were at the scene of the stabbings were known to one another.
Meanwhile, a man who received a serious head injury in an assault on Sunday night near Limerick’s Colbert railway station was still being treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where his condition was said to be stable. He was in innocent bystander and was assaulted when he tried to stop a row outside a pub involving up to five men.
Det Sgt Denis Treacy said: “He got hit in the head by an object, possibly a bottle.”
The victim is in his 40s.
CCTV film located in the area has been obtained by gardaí at Roxboro to help track down the assailant.
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