TEEN STABBED TO DEATH AFTER HOUSE PARTY ROW; Armed gardai patrol streets as trio hunted Murder and mayhem on St Patrick's Day.
ARMED gardai moved into a housing estate yesterday after a teenager was knifed to death during a St Patrick's Day house party.
Darren Bennett, 18, was murdered after a drunken row descended into violence.
He was attacked by three men at about 2am.
One of them left the party to get a weapon and returned to deliver the fatal blow. Darren died from stomach wounds.
A number of men were arrested yesterday for retaliations against the suspected killers.
Gardai brought in the Emergency Response Unit to keep the peace in Moyross, Limerick, while they carried out forensic tests.
The dead youth was known to gardai but had no connections to organised crime. He had a number of convictions and had been due to appear in court yesterday.
Gardai were last night searching for the weapon as yet another murder hunt begins.
A source close to the investigation said there is little doubt those responsible will be caught.
The insider added: "We know who did it and it's only a matter of time before there is an arrest."
Gardai know the trio who were involved in the fight and believe forensic examinations will give them more information.
State Pathologist Marie Cassidy was to carry out a postmortem last night.
Limerick Mayor John Gilligan said: "We as a city were shocked.
We had a huge parade attended by 60,000 people and there was not one single public order problem. Even that night, the guards have said they only dealt with a handful of incidents but there is no way to protect against this sort of thing.
"When a group of young people get together and then someone gets stabbed, there's nothing you can do against that."
Fianna Fail Councillor John Cronin added tensions yesterday were at boiling point.
He said: "People feel uneasy about the whole thing. It's been so long since there was a problem in Moyross. People are a bit fed up and upset over it.
"There is shock because things have got so good in Moyross. It has come completely unexpected."
Moyross hit the headlines in recent years because of anti-social behaviour and bloody gangland violence.
An armed Regional Support Unit was set up in the city last year, the first of its kind, to work alongside local gardai and members of the ERU.
Moyross is one of Limerick's troubled neighbourhoods which is being renovated.
Darren, the second eldest of a family of three boys and two girls, was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where he died a short time later.
Meanwhile, three men were arrested in Cork over two separate stabbings following St Patrick's Day trouble.
Gardai said the first incident happened in Blarney Street at 12.35am when a 23-year-old man was knifed. Two men in their early 20s were arrested at the scene.
The second incident happened at Commons Road an hour later when a 19-year-old man was stabbed and injured. A man in his early 20s was arrested.
INVESTIGATION Gardai in Creavel Park, Moyross, yesterday Pictures: PRESS 22; SEALED OFF Street where youth was killed
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 19, 2009|
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