Gardaí make second arrest as investigation into the murder of Mahamud Ilyas, 22, in an alleged hammer attack continues

Gardaí investigating the brutal murder of Mahamud Ilyas, 22, today arrested a second suspect who is being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

This arrest comes after a man in his 50s was arrested by detectives yesterday and remains in Garda this afternoon.

Officials have been working on the theory that Mr Ilyas, whose body was found wrapped in carpet on farmland in Meath on Saturday, was beaten to death with a hammer at an apartment complex in Dublin 15’s Verdemont area.

The murder weapon is believed to have been found and is being forensically examined.

Sources say Gardaí are following a specific line of inquiry into the grisly case.

The victim lived in the West Dublin area with his family, who are originally from Somalia.

As part of their search yesterday, Gardaí found evidence from two bin bags near the apartment complex believed to have killed Mr Ilyas on Friday.

It is understood the victim was beaten to death at this location before his body was dumped in a field at Belgree Lane, Kilbride, Co. Meath.

A clear line of inquiry in the Garda investigation is that the murder was drug-related, although the victim was not known for his involvement in organized crime.

“A man in his 50s has been arrested by Gardaí investigating the murder of Mahamud Ilyas,” a Garda spokesman said last night.

“The man was arrested today, Tuesday 13 December 2022, in the Dublin 15 area and is currently being held at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

“A residential building, also in the Dublin 15 area, has been declared a crime scene and cordoned off for investigation by the Garda Technical Bureau,” he added.

The investigation is being led by Ashbourne Gardaí, who were brought to the attention of the murder on Saturday afternoon after a dog walker discovered Mr Ilyas’ body, who then alerted a local farmer.

After an autopsy on Sunday, his body was formally identified and his loved ones informed of his tragic death.

Gardaí publicly called for information in the case on Monday evening.

A Gardaí spokeswoman said: “Gardaí investigators are appealing for information.

“They are particularly appealing to anyone visiting Mahamud between Friday December 9, 2022 after 10:00 a.m. and Saturday afternoon December 10, 2022.

“Anyone with information regarding Mahamud’s movements is asked to contact the investigative team.

“Gardaí continues to urge everyone who traveled along Belgree Lane, Kilbride on Friday 9th or Saturday 10th December to come forward. Drivers with dashcam footage of this location are asked to make it available to Gardaí.” Gardaí make second arrest as investigation into the murder of Mahamud Ilyas, 22, in an alleged hammer attack continues

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