MAN QUIZZED OVER MURDER OF BELGIAN.A 23-YEAR-OLD man was being questioned last night in connection with the murder of a Belgian who was battered bat·ter 1
v. bat·tered, bat·ter·ing, bat·ters
1. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows.
2. To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse.
3. to death with a fire extinguisher fire extinguisher: see fire fighting. in a popular tourist hostel.
The suspect, who Gardai said has only just been released from prison after serving four months for threatening a Garda, is the main suspect in the murder of 42- year-old Louis Van Dahl dahl
1. See pigeon pea.
2. or dal A thick creamy East Indian stew made with lentils or other legumes, onions, and various spices. , who was working in the Clare area as a tiler.
The victim is believed to have been killed during a row which broke out in the Abbey Hostel in Ennis in the early hours of yesterday.
Garda sources said the suspect gained access to the hostel after claiming to be a resident who was locked out.
Witnesses told Gardai that the man went into one of the dorm rooms and tried to get into a bed which was already occupied.
A fight broke out involving a number of guests and the suspect went "berserk ber·serk
1. Destructively or frenetically violent: a berserk worker who started smashing all the windows.
Gardai said he may also have brandished a gun.
They say he grabbed the fire extinguisher and began to batter and kick the victim, leaving him lying in a pool of blood.
Mr Van Dahl was taken to Ennis General Hospital but died a short time later. Doctors said his injuries were severe.
Last night, the hostel was cordoned off as forensic Belonging to courts of justice.
forensic 1) adj. from Latin forensis for "belonging to the forum," ancient Rome's site for public debate, and currently meaning pertaining to the courts. experts examined the scene, while members of the Garda Sub Aqua Unit were called in to search the River Fergus The River Fergus is a river in County Clare, Ireland. It rises in the Burren and flows into the Shannon Estuary. Settlements
Settlements along the river include Corofin, Ennis and Newmarket-on-Fergus. where detectives believe the suspect may have disposed of the gun.