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.
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. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/gardai-to-press-case-for-murder-against-boy-216300.html
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. http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/cwkfgbauojgb/
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.
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. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/gardai-bid-to-identify-bus-death-victim-216357.html