Suspect identified in fatal Limerick stabbing

GARDAÍ have identified a main suspect in the murder of a Limerick teenager early yesterday.

The victim has been named as Darren Bennett from Moyross.

Aged 18, he died at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital from a wound to the stomach at about 3am. Mr Bennett was found badly injured lying on the street at Cliona Park shortly after 2am following clashes involving local youths. There was a trail of blood along the roadway leading to where he was found.

Following news he died, further violence broke out in Moyross and three youths were arrested for public order offences.

And another incident happened at Cliona Park at 10.30am yesterday when members of the Armed Response Unit had to forcibly prevent men and women entering the crime scene area which had been sealed off for forensic examination.

Superintendent Frank O’Brien said: “Some people tried to get into the crime scene area and had to be stopped from doing so. There was no major melee, but a confrontation without violence. Feelings are running high.”

It is believed the dead youth had been out celebrating St Patrick’s Day with others in Moyross when a row erupted on the street at Cliona Park. Mr Bennett received a stab wound when he was assaulted by another youth. He struggled a short distance down the street before collapsing in a pool of blood. Eye-witnesses contacted the emergency services. Mr Bennett was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 3am.

Supt O’Brien said they want to speak to any one who may have been in Cliona Park between midnight and 2am and an incident room has been set up at Mayorstone Garda Station.

It is believed gardaí have identified a number of people who were seen in the vicinity of the fatal attack through CCTV footage and their investigation was homing in on one particular man who they want to question. Darren Bennett was known to gardaí. The murder is not related to the major feud in the city, but may have been sparked by a street fight when youths were out celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

The state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy yesterday carried out a postmortem examination and results are due today.

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