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Neilstown killing: Man was chased to house and stabbed by gang in 3am attack

Gardaí have issued an appeal to the community for help tracking down those responsible.

ROBERT ELLIS FIXED Robert Ellis died this morning after he was attacked at 3am.

Updated at 2pm 

GARDAÍ IN NEILSTOWN, west Dublin, are appealing to the community to come forward and help track down those responsible for the killing of a man in his 20s overnight.

Several men chased the victim to a house at Liscarne Gardens, where he was killed, in the early hours of this morning.

He has been named locally as Robert Ellis, who was from the area. It’s believed he was stabbed a number of times, and fatally wounded.

The attack happened at around 3.10am this morning.

The man was at a bonfire at the St Mark’s estate. He was chased by a number of men across the Neilstown Road and into Liscarne Gardens.

The man entered the back garden of a house on the road, and was found dead at the rear of the building.

“We do believe he was followed in there,” Lucan Superintendent Dermot Mann told reporters today.

This is a young man. We believe he is a father.

Superintendent Mann added:

We are hoping the community can help us solve this. We’ve a very strong relationship with the community. I am confident people should have no fear in coming forward.

Robert Ellis survived a gun attack last year. He had a number of criminal convictions.

Forensic tests are taking place at the scene today. No weapons have been recovered.

1/11/2016 Bonfire Death. Garda technical bureau me The Garda Technical Bureau examine the scene. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Gardaí at Ronanstown are appealing for anyone who was in the general area of St Mark’s, Neilstown Road or Liscarne Gardens between 1am and 3.30am this morning to contact them.

Information can be given via:

  • Ronanstown Garda Station 01 6667700
  • The Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111
  • Or any garda station

- with reporting from Daragh Brophy and Garreth MacNamee 

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