An awful week in crime

It has been a shocking week on the crime front. Four violent deaths in Dublin, bookended by two particularly appalling tragedies.

In the early hours of last Saturday a German student Thomas Heinrich, who was attending Griffith College in the south inner city, was on the balcony of his apartment socialising with a friend, Robert Rinker. Three passing local youths, one 16 and two 19, hurled abuse at them and lobbed a beer can in their direction. Understandably, but tragically, the German students went down to confront them. Stabbing Scene Rialto

The youths went off. Two came back, “tooled up” as a garda told me, and fatally stabbed 22-year-old Thomas. Robert, also 22, was slashed in the face and wrists. In my story in the Irish Examiner I reported that gardai intend to press for charges next week against the 16-year-old in relation to the senseless murder.

On Tuesday, there was the gangland murder of 65-year-old Eamon Kelly, described as Dublin’s crime ‘godfather’, the apparent victim of a violent feud between so-called dissident republicans and criminals.

The day after, a Dutch national of Moroccan extraction was knife to death in his apartment in Ballymun, north Dublin. The motive is not clear, but detectives are looking for his flat-mate.

Then on Thursday, a homeless man was begging outside a shop in the city centre when it appears two other homeless men harassed him for his money. He fled, but as he did one of the men hit him a slap or a punch.

RTE library

RTE library

The man fell or stumbled back off the kerb and underneath a passing double-decker bus. He suffered “catastrophic” injuries to his head, so much so that police are finding it difficult to identify him. Gardai don’t suspect his attacker intended this to happen, but it did. It happened at rush hour at a very busy junction in front of a large number of people. A dreadful tragedy.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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One Response to An awful week in crime

  1. And meanwhile on the plush blue banquetts of the bar in Leinster House or overlords drown drink after drink and the band plays on. Our new aristocrats are too busy taking money from the defenceless to bother with wondering what’s happening in the Republic. They are well shielded from reality. And God be with them all.

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