Tallaght murder victim ‘met very violent death’ say gardai

by Padraig Conlon

Tallaght gardai investigating the murder of Vincent Parsons in Killinarden believe he met a “very violent death”.

The 34 year old married father of two from Clondalkin, who had no involvement in crime, was out socialising with friends on Saturday night in Killinarden House.

According to Superintendent Ian Lackey, an altercation occurred in the pub which then moved to the street outside.

Following this, Vincent Parsons then left on foot at around 11pm and was followed by two men who caught up with him outside Killinarden post office and attacked him.

He was discovered with head injuries by passers-by in Killinarden Estate and was taken to Tallaght Hospital in a critical condition.

48 hours later he was pronounced dead.

A post mortem on Tuesday revealed Vincent Parsons sustained a number of injuries consistent with a severe beating with the injuries to his head proving fatal.

Gardai are still trying to establish a motive for the attack, but say they are making good progress in the investigation.

While several people have come forward, Superintendent Lackey renewed an appeal to the public for witnesses, saying there are others with information who they need to speak with.

“We ask anybody who was there between 10pm and shortly after 11pm, that saw any incident in the pub or outside the pub or where Vincent was found opposite Whitestown Industrial Estate, to come forward,” he said.

“People have come forward to date and we thank them for that.

“We would be particularly appealing to motorists and taxi drivers who may have recorded some footage unbeknownst to them on their dashcams.

“We need more people to come forward.

“We have made progress in this investigation, but we need the public’s help.”

Clondalkin Independent councillor Francis Timmons said the local community is in shock.

“First of all, my thoughts are with his wife and two kids who are without a husband and a father,” he said.

“Obviously people from Clondalkin are totally in shock at the vicious nature of how somebody could lose their life.

“I hope the scumbags who did this are found, and anybody with any information should contact Tallaght Garda Station.

“Whoever is responsible needs to be caught urgently and pay for this awful crime.

“It’s absolutely horrendous that anyone would take another life in such a despicable manner.

“There’s no words that could do this justice.

“The young man had everything to live for and was left in such a horrendous way.”

Floral tributes and cards have been left at the spot where Vincent Parsons was found at Killinarden Way, opposite Killinarden Estate.

One from his wife reads: “To my darling husband, I am going to miss you forever,”

“Sleep tight babe, I will take care of our babies.

“I’ll love you forever, heartbroken.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station 01-6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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