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Sligo murders: Gardaí are investigating whether a potential serial killer has been linked to murdered men on a dating app

The second man murdered in Sligo has been identified as 58-year-old Michael Snee.

Arda Superintendent Aidan Glacken told a press conference in the City of Sligo: “Michael was subjected to a serious physical attack and sustained significant injuries.”

Gardaí are investigating links to a serial killer after Mr Snee’s body was found with very serious injuries at his Connaughton Street flat in the city.

It is the second murder of a man in the city of Sligo in two days after local Fine Gael activist Aidan Moffitt was also found dead and severely mutilated at his home.

Officials, including members of the Emergency Response Unit, arrested a man in his early 20s on suspicion of murder after what they described as an intensive operation in the early hours of Wednesday.

The 22-year-old murder suspect is understood to have no valuable convictions and was not known to officers for involvement in extremist or other types of crimes before this happened.

Gardaí are understood to be working on the basis that the two killings are linked and also linked to a separate attack last week that left another man seriously injured.

Officials are understood to be investigating whether the killings were the work of a potential serial killer targeting men on dating apps.

However, Supt Glacken told the press conference that Gardai were currently conducting separate murder investigations into the deaths of Mr Snee and Aidan Moffitt.

The discovery of the second man’s body in Sligo comes after the remains of Mr Moffitt, 41, of Cartron Heights, town of Sligo, were discovered at his home at 8.30pm on Monday.

Gardaí believe he was the victim of a homophobia-motivated hate crime.

Mr Moffitt, a peace commissioner, suffered horrific injuries and was severely maimed during an attack that has left the community in Sligo and his native West Roscommon stunned.

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Location of the incidents in the city of Sligo. Aidan Moffitt’s body was found at his home in Cartron Heights; Michael Snee’s body was found at his home on Connaughton Road; An earlier attack occurred in the area of ​​the racecourse

“Michael and Aidan were known and respected in this community,” said Supt Glacken.
“They were attacked and murdered in their own homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and indeed their friends and the wider Sligo community at this time.”

Supt Glacken told a press conference in the city of Sligo this morning that both men suffered “significant injuries”.

“Family liaison officers have been provided for the families of Michael and Aidan and An Garda Síochána continues to provide ongoing support to these families. I started two separate murder investigations. A senior investigating officer is in charge of each investigation, which is backed by an interim space,” he said.

“Significant Garda resources are dedicated to these studies with the support of regional and national entities. Both locations have been and remain locked down. The Garda Technical Bureau is conducting a detailed forensic examination of each scene.”

He said a post-mortem will be carried out on Mr Snee’s remains later in the day but that details will not be released for “operational reasons”.

“Yesterday at Sligo University Hospital, state pathologist Dr. Sally Anne Collis performed an autopsy on the remains of Aidan Moffitt. A postmorem will be performed on the remains of Michael Snee later in the day,” he said.

“For operational reasons, I’m not releasing details of the autopsy. A man in his early 20s was arrested for murder just after 1.30am this morning. This man remains in custody at Sligo Garda Station and is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and I have no further comment to make on this part of the inquiry.”

Superintendent Glacken thanked the local community for their assistance with the investigation so far.

“We remain open to this investigation. I would like to thank the community for their collaboration and support so far. Information from across the community continues to assist us in our investigations,” he said.

“It is indeed encouraging to see such cross-community support at this time. However, I continue to appeal to the public for their support in this regard. We are also actively investigating whether these killings have a hate-related motive.”

He appealed to anyone who may have been approached or attacked in the past few days to get in touch with the Garda Operations Center at Sligo Garda Station.

“A Garda Síochána will endeavor to collect all available evidence and ultimately it will be up to a court to decide the motivation behind these appalling crimes,” he said.

“Gardaí is also investigating whether Michael and Aidan met their attacker online, meeting people online is a normal activity, it should be a safe activity but as with any online activity everyone should heed the personal safety precautions that we publish on our website provide. ‘ said Supt Glacken.

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A Garda forensic scientist at the crime scene in Cartron Heights, Sligo, Ireland, following the death of Aidan Moffitt. Image: PA

“We continue to investigate all the circumstances surrounding these cases and are investigating another recent incident that took place in the Sligo area. I urge anyone who may have been the subject of unwanted advances or assault to contact Sligo Garda Station Operations Centre.”

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Flowers at the crime scene in Cartron Heights, Sligo, following the death of Aidan Moffitt. PA

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he was “shocked” and “concerned” by the two deaths.

“I just really wanted to say I spoke to some of our members in Sligo last night and I just really wanted to say how shocked and how concerned I actually am about the two murders that appear to have happened in Sligo in the last few days.” , he told RTÉ.

His comments come as a close friend of the murdered Sligo businessman and Fine Gael activist said the words ‘hate’ and ‘Aidan’ should not be in the same sentence.

Blain Gaffney described the killing of his “honest,” “positive,” and “caring” friend as “just appalling.”

Mr Gaffney said Aidan Moffitt was “worthy” and the way he died was the complete opposite of that.

“It’s hard to believe what happened and I would try to talk about Aidan as the positive person he was and remember Aidan for who he was and not what happened to him ‘ he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

“He was very, very intelligent, a very honest, caring person who… he was just an all-round good guy.

“He was a very caring person, very dignified and what happened was not dignified in any way and it’s just awful.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Helen McEntee said today: “I have spoken to the Garda Commissioner about the shocking events in Sligo. A Garda Síochána will investigate these horrific crimes and ensure justice is done. You will be supporting the people of Sligo and I urge anyone with information to report it to Gardaí.

“I also want to offer my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Aidan Moffitt and the friends and family of the man who was also killed last night. You are on our minds today.”

Neighbor Thomas McCarrick described Mr Snee as a “quiet, decent man”.

“I knew him well,” he said.

“He was a nice, quiet guy. His vision wasn’t great. He worked at St John’s Hospital. “He worked as a nursing assistant.

“It’s a shock.

“I saw the ambulance first and thought maybe he was sick or something. Next the police car came flying down, then I knew something was really wrong.

“He had the house like a palace. It was the most beautiful house with the most beautiful tiles.

“He was very good to his neighbors. Next to him lived a married couple, both of whom died of cancer. He was very good to them. He was very good to them in their final months.”

Another neighbor said: “He was like a church mouse. You wouldn’t know he was there if you didn’t look for him.

“But when you needed him, he was there for you.

“How can anyone do such a thing? It’s the cruelest of cruel.

“It’s unreal.

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Garda Superintendent Aidan Glacken (centre) speaks to the media outside Sligo Garda railway station. PA

“God loves him. I’m at a loss for words now. You’re going about your business and going about your daily life, and that can happen.

“It’s sick. Everyone is horrified. It’s against humanity what happened here.

“I met him through his former neighbor and he was lovely.

“He had the most delightful friendly little dog. I think I have to flee from here today, I’m going crazy.”

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Gardaí at the scene where Aidan Moffitt’s body was found. Image: James Connolly

A neighbor of Mr Snee said: “He was like a church mouse. You wouldn’t know he was there if you didn’t look for him.

“But when you needed him, he was there for you.

“How can anyone do such a thing? It’s the cruelest of cruel.

“It’s unreal.

“God loves him. I’m at a loss for words now. You’re going about your business and going about your daily life, and that can happen.

“It’s sick. Everyone is horrified. It’s against humanity what happened here.

“I met him through his former neighbor and he was lovely.

“He had the most delightful friendly little dog. I think I have to flee from here today, I’m going crazy.”

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