Ballymun’s murdered mother of two, Lisa Thompson, may have known her killer

GARDAÍ investigates whether a woman killed in a frantic knife attack at her home knew her killer.

The woman, in her 50s, was identified locally as mother of two Lisa Thompson of Sandyhill Court, Ballymun, Dublin.

It is understood that her children were not at home when she was attacked.

Gardaí said they were “open minded” in their investigations.

It is still not known exactly when Ms Thompson was killed and no suspect was identified last night.

Her death is being treated as a homicide and the investigation is being conducted by Ballymun Gardaí.

No arrests were made.

“This was a very wild and savage attack and the victim didn’t stand a chance,” a source said last night.

“A motive for this murder has yet to be determined.”

Ms Thompson’s body was discovered after Gardaí and emergency services were called to the house just before 3.30pm.

Neighbors said they were “in shock” after the murder of the well-known resident.

They described their brutal stabbing as “terrifying”.


Gardaí at the scene of the crime at Sandyhill Gardens in Ballymun. Photo: Garrett White/Collins

Ms Thompson’s neighbors said she lived on the property for about 10 years.

In a statement, Gardaí described her death as a “fatal attack” and said she was found dead under “unexplained circumstances”.

The scene has been preserved pending a preliminary examination and a full autopsy by senior state pathologist Linda Mulligan will take place today.

The Garda Technical Bureau also conducted a forensic investigation of the crime scene.

Several of Ms. Thompson’s neighbors, who asked not to be named, described her as a “quiet, lovely woman who kept to herself.

A woman who has lived at Sandyhill Court for almost 20 years said it is usually a very quiet property.

“We’re all in shock, I walked out into the whole Garda presence today not knowing what was happening,” she said.

“It was awful, it makes you nervous.

“You don’t know who to talk to or anything. It’s terrible.

“I feel like crying, I’m totally shocked because it’s so quiet here.

“We are all close, the neighbors. She was someone who kept to herself.

“During the lockdown we had bingo games and she didn’t come along. She was very calm.”

She added that usually on summer evenings, people sit in their front yards and “chat” and “kids play soccer in the street.”

Last night, however, everyone stayed inside.

Another woman said Sandyhill Court is typically “one of the quietest” properties in the area.

“The neighbors are all looking out for each other, so it’s just crazy,” she added.

A group of neighbors gathered across the street from Ms Thompson’s home. A man who had just returned from work said he heard about the murder on the news and “couldn’t believe it”.

“It’s just so sad. It’s scary.”

A woman who lives next door to the man added: “The whole of Ballymun is in shock.”

In a statement, Gardaí asked for information.

“An interim room has been set up at Ballymun Garda Station under the direction of a senior investigating officer,” a Garda spokeswoman said.


Gardaí at the scene of the crime at Sandyhill Court, Ballymun

“A family liaison officer has been appointed for the family of the deceased.

“The Gardaí investigation remains open to the direction of this investigation.” Ballymun’s murdered mother of two, Lisa Thompson, may have known her killer

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