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Gardaí no longer treating death of man in Tallaght as murder

A number of men were involved in a row and when gardaí arrived they discovered Karl Holmes unconscious on the ground.
Sep 4th 2015, 10:30 PM 41,134 49

Updated 10pm

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE death of 44 year old Karl Holmes in Tallaght have said they are no longer treating his death as murder.

Detectives in Tallaght have received the results of a post-mortem examination and said this evening they are investigating the incident as ‘violent disorder, assault and a public order incident’.

Holmes died yesterday evening of injuries he sustained in an assault. Gardaí were called to the scene at Avonbeg Gardens at 5.25pm following reports of a row involving a number of men.

House to house enquiries

When they arrived they discovered Holmes unconscious in the street. He was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel and removed to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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RTÉ reports the row may have started over a child cycling a bicycle in the area.

House to house enquiries were taking place today, and a number of homes have been forensically examined.


Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward. In particular, they are asking anyone who was in the Avonbeg Gardens area between 4.30 – 6pm yesterday to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000 or any Garda Station.

- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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