‘Row over a parking space’ led to stabbing in Kingswood

by Padraig Conlon

It is believed that a row over a parking space led a woman to fatally stab a man she did not know.

Gareth Kelly, a 39-year-old man originally from Donomore Park, Killinarden, lost his life after being stabbed multiple times at Brownsbarn Wood Estate in Kingswood on Tuesday morning.

A woman, a mother of three, was arrested close to the crime scene on suspicion of murder and spent most of her period in custody on Tuesday being mentally and physically examined by doctors.

Gardaí believe the woman came out of her home and stabbed Mr Kelly to death just before 7am as he attempted to get his car started.

He did not live on the estate, which is in a small cul de sac, but was staying with his partner and had parked his car on the street overnight.

According to gardai he had walked into the housing estate to collect his car in order to go to his work.

As his car wouldn’t start he had opened the bonnet and was using jump leads to try and get the engine going when he was stabbed at least three times in the chest.

He then collapsed and died on the street between two cars.

His body was found lying between his car and another vehicle.

The woman is then thought to have gone back inside her home, where her children and husband were.

When gardaí called to the house it is believed the woman’s husband didn’t know what had just happened out on the street.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was arrested and taken to Clondalkin Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

There was no known relationship between the arrested woman and the dead man.

The Garda Technical Bureau conducted a detailed examination at the scene.

Following inquiries with local residents, gardaí believe there had been several issues in the past with people parking in the space where Gareth Kelly had left his car.

Mr Kelly’s body remained at the scene for several hours on Tuesday morning before it was removed to the Dublin City Morgue.

A post-mortem was carried out on Wednesday morning by Acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

A Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette:

“Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the Brownsbarn Estate and Kingswood area between the hours of 6am and 7am February 25, 2020, who may have information in relation to this incident to come forward.

“Gardai are particularly appealing to road users who may have camera footage.

“Anyone with any information should contact Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 666 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

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