Stab mur­der sus­pect was friend of the vic­tim

■ 24-year-old suf­fered fa­tal stab­bing wounds ■ Ap­peal to mo­torists to check dash­cam footage

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Joe Leogue

A sus­pect in the mur­der of a Gal­way na­tive in Mal­low on Thurs­day night is thought to have been a friend of the vic­tim for some time.

Conor Quinn, aged 24 and a Gal­way na­tive, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries when he was stabbed in an al­ter­ca­tion on Bridge St in the cen­tre of Mal­low at around 8.30pm on Thurs­day.

Gar­daí have urged a man who left the scene of the mur­der, and who is con­sid­ered a sus­pect, to come for­ward.

Mr Quinn, who had been liv­ing in Killavullen, 10km east of Mal­low, was rushed from the scene to Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead.

Gar­daí yes­ter­day con­ducted searches and in­ter­viewed wit­nesses as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but ap­pealed for one man who saw the mur­der to con­tact them.

“We are now anx­ious to speak to a male who we be­lieve was present with the de­ceased when he sus­tained his in­juries at ap­prox­i­mately 8:30pm,” gar­daí said.

“Gar­daí are aware of the back­ground cir­cum­stances which pre­cip­i­tated to the en­gage­ment and we can as­sure that any per­son that comes for­ward will be dealt with pro­fes­sion­ally in ac­cor­dance with the law.”

They also ap­pealed for help from mo­torists who drove in the area around the time of the mur­der, and who may have dash­cam footage that could be of as­sis­tance to their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr Quinn’s friends have re­acted with shock to his mur­der.

“Rest In Peace Conor Quinn hope you get the best bed in heaven,” one posted to Face­book.

“Rest In Peace Conor my brother [you’ll] never be for­got­ten,” an­other said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact gar­daí at Mal­low Garda Sta­tion on 022 31450, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda sta­tion.

The mur­der is the fourth vi­o­lent death in Co Cork since the start of June.

Pa­trick Ginty O’Don­nell, 36. died af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion at a bar at New Square in Mitchel­stown on June 1.

On June 10, Mi ch olaj Wilk, 35, died af­ter suf­fer­ing a num­ber of wounds in a vi­cious at­tack by a gang of masked men armed with ma­chetes in his home in Ballincol­lig.

Less than a fort­night ago, a garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter the body of Joe O’Cal­laghan, 66, was found by his wife in their home in Dou­glas.

Am an in his20sw as ar­rested and sub­se­quently re­leased, and a file is be­ing pre­pared for the DPP.

Gar­daí con­tinue to search for a man who left the scene of the mur­der of Conor Quinn in Mal­low, Co Cork, on Thurs­day night.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors yes­ter­day took the un­usual step of of­fer­ing pub­lic as­sur­ances to the man in a bid to en­cour­age him to con­tact gar­daí, and be­lieve that dash­cams mounted on pass­ing cars may con­tain footage that will aid their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr Quinn, 24, who was a Gal­way na­tive liv­ing in Killavullen, 10km east of Mal­low, suf­fered fa­tal in­juries when he was stabbed in an al­ter­ca­tion on Bridge St in the town cen­tre at around 8.30pm on Thurs­day.

Paramedics on the scene tended to Mr Quinn be­fore he was rushed to Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead.

It is un­der­stood he was so­cial­is­ing at the Cahirmee Horse Fair in nearby But­te­vant ear­lier in the day.

Gar­daí called on any wit­shock nesses to come for­ward.

“Gar­daí have car­ried out a num­ber searches and in­quiries in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent. We are now anx­ious to speak to a male who we be­lieve was present with the de­ceased when he sus­tained his in­juries,” gar­daí said.

“Gar­daí are aware of the back­ground cir­cum­stances which pre­cip­i­tated to the en­gage­ment and we can as­sure that any per­son that comes for­ward will be dealt with pro­fes­sion­ally in ac­cor­dance with the law.”

An au­topsy on the body of the Loughrea na­tive was con­cluded yes­ter­day after­noon, and while gar­daí said they would not re­lease the re­sults for op­er­a­tional rea­sons, they up­graded the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mr Quinn’s death to a mur­der in­quiry.

The scene of the crime on Bridge St, along the N72 Dun­gar­van to Kil­lar­ney road, was closed to traf­fic yes­ter­day to fa­cil­i­tate a tech­ni­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, and a search for the mur­der weapon. Garda foren­sic teams scoured the sur­round­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing the banks of the Black­wa­ter river, as part of their search for ev­i­dence.

With the mur­der hav­ing taken place dur­ing day­light hours, and given the crime scene’s location along a busy na­tional road, gar­daí are hope­ful that pass­ing mo­torists may have un­wit­tingly cap­tured cru­cial footage on dash­cams that may play a piv­otal role in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors last night ap­pealed specif­i­cally to any­one with a dash­cam who was trav­el­ling in and around Mal­low be­tween 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Thurs­day to con­tact them.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion, or who may have wit­nessed the mur­der is asked to con­tact them at Mal­low Garda Sta­tion on 022 31450, The Garda Con­fi­den­tial Tele­phone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Sta­tion.

Friends and fam­ily took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their at the mur­der.

Mean­while, in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent, a man has died in hos­pi­tal nearly a week af­ter be­ing as­saulted in Water­ford.

The 27-year-old re­ceived a num­ber of head in­juries as a re­sult the as­sault which oc­curred at the junc­tion of John St and The Manor at ap­prox­i­mately 3am on Satur­day, July 7.

He was taken by am­bu­lance to Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Water­ford and sub­se­quently trans­ferred to Cork Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal where he died yes­ter­day.

A 25-year-old man was ar­rested and ques­tioned by gar­daí.

He was re­leased with­out charge and a file is be­ing pre­pared for the DPP.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing gar­daí are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion and to any per­son who may have wit­nessed this as­sault to con­tact the Gar­daí at Water­ford 051305300, the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Sta­tion.

Conor Quinn: Killed in stab­bing in­ci­dent in Mal­low.

Picture: Jim Cough­lan

A foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the crime scene on Bridge Street, Mal­low, Co Cork, was car­ried out yes­ter­day.

Conor Quinn was un­der­stood to have been so­cial­is­ing at Cahirmee Horse Fair in But­te­vant ear­lier that day.

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