Monaghan Deaths: Gardaí investigation into whether man found dead in street fled site of earlier stabbing

Gardaí are investigating whether the suspect in a fatal stabbing near the border was himself killed in a road accident while fleeing the scene.

A major investigation continues following the deaths of two men in Monaghan this morning.

Ambulance services were alerted at around 6.30am to a house in Broomfield, near Castleblayney, where a 60-year-old man was discovered with serious injuries.

He suffered a violent death, including significant stab wounds, with the scene being described as “cruel”.

A relative of the victim became aware of the incident and spotted the suspect at the property, who then fled the scene.

Gardaí immediately began searching for the attacker, but were called to a nearby traffic accident a short time later.

A 37-year-old man was hit by a vehicle at Ballynacarry Bridge and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man matched the description of the suspect who was spotted at the Broomfield property where the 60-year-old was killed.

Gardaí are now working on the theory that the man was accidentally killed when he was hit by a vehicle while fleeing the scene.

He lived not far from the border in Co Armagh.

The occupants of the car were not physically injured but were treated for shock.

A source told “Gardaí is still in the process of establishing the full facts of what happened but at present all indications are that these two incidents are linked.

“Currently it is being checked whether the traffic fatality was involved in the earlier fatal bodily injury.”

Gardaí have stressed that both investigations are being conducted separately, although they are in touch over the suspected links.

The property at Knockreagh Lower, Broomfield remained locked down today while Gardaí conducted forensic investigations into the crime scene.

A Garda spokesman said the body was “moved from the scene to the morgue at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where an autopsy is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning, Friday 2 December 2022, which will be performed by Dr. Linda Mulligan, Office of the State Pathologist. The results of the autopsy will determine the further course of the investigation.”

“Gardaí is appealing to anyone who was in the Broomfield area between 5am and 6.45am this morning, particularly with cellphone or dashcam footage, to contact Castleblayney Garda Station on 042 974 0668 or the confidential Garda line on 1800- 666-111″.

A similar appeal for information has been made to anyone traveling near the N53 Castleblayney to Dundalk Road this morning to contact investigators.

The body of the deceased was also taken to Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, where an autopsy will be carried out in the morning.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 969 0190, the Garda Confidential Line. Monaghan Deaths: Gardaí investigation into whether man found dead in street fled site of earlier stabbing

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