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MAN, 23 STABBED TO DEATH BY HIS BROTHER; Man knifed in the chest after row erupts.


A MAN collapsed and died in a housing estate after a knife attack by his own brother.

Neighbours watched in horror as Tony McGrath, 23, fell to the ground - with the knife still in his chest - after an argument with 35-year-old Derek McGrath.

Gardai were last night preparing to launch a murder probe after the killing at a house in West Dublin.

It is believed Tony, from Whitestown Walk in the Blanchardstown estate, was stabbed during the row at 2.30am yesterday. A third man who was in the house before the knifing ran down the road and raised the alarm.

Garda Technical Bureau staff arrived at the house after the scene was sealed off by local gardai.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was sitting watching a late film when I heard the noise outside.

"The two of them were standing face to face in front of Tony's van shouting. I first thought that Tony had only got a box, but then I saw him go down. He started to crawl towards the left hand side of his van.

"I didn't know what to do. I just froze. Someone ran down the street with his mobile and rang an ambulance.

"The ambulance arrived quickly and he was still alive. It wasn't until the morning I heard Tony was dead. This will be very hard on his father Paddy."

Another neighbour said: "Tony was a quiet guy. You would always see him first thing in the morning getting his van ready for work."

The family are originally from the Fortlawn area, although Tony's parents Paddy and Rita moved to the Waterville Estate.

The victim was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown were he died shortly afterwards.

It is understood Paddy visited the scene with a number of relatives. State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy is to perform a postmortem at the hospital.

Gardai are describing the stabbing as a "tragic domestic incident".

One officer said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this killing.

It is a row that got out of hand.

"We are still looking for any witnesses to come forward."

A man who was detained in relation to the incident was released without charge at last night.

A file is being prepared for the DPP.


GRIM: Experts search for evidence at crime scene in Dublin yesterday Picture: COLLINS' INQUIRY: Garda at the Whitestown estate
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2006
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