Three arrested after fatal stabbing of German student

Three people, including a 16-year-old were questioned by gardaí after a German man was stabbed to death and his friend seriously injured in Dublin city on Saturday morning.

Thomas Heinrich, 22, a music and media student from Frankfurt, died in hospital after he was stabbed having refused access to teenagers who tried to enter his apartment in Rialto.

He and his friend, fellow German Robert Rinker, were left bleeding in a hallway at Herberton Apartments on St Anthony’s Rd after the altercation at 5.30am. Both were taken to St James’s Hospital, where Mr Heinrich was later declared dead despite the efforts of surgeons. Mr Rinker, from Stuttgart, was in a serious but stable condition yesterday.

Gardaí believe two males, one aged 16 and the other 19, attempted to get into a party at Mr Heinrich’s apartment. When they were refused entry it is understood they went to a nearby house and returned to the apartment a short time later, armed with a bread knife.

Mr Heinrich answered the main door of the apartment block and was attacked. It is believed both he and Mr Rinker were followed into the hallway and that both men were stabbed a number of times in the body.

Both Mr Rinker and Mr Heinrich had been in Dublin a matter of months.

By Saturday afternoon two teenagers had been arrested in connection with the knife attack. A search of a nearby house also resulted in items being taken away for examination.

Both of those being questioned at Kevin St Garda Station were being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. One of the males was released last night without charge.

Just after 1pm yesterday gardaí arrested a woman in her 40s and brought her to Pearse St Garda station.

Members of the Rinker and Heinrich families arrived in Dublin yesterday.

Meanwhile, gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a woman was stabbed in the hand on Saturday morning on Spring Garden Street, off Pearse St, Dublin. Contact 01 6669000 or the Garda Confidential 1800 666111.


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