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Newcastle West suspect back in garda custody

More details about the suspect’s movements since Monday have emerged.

Gardai at the scene on the Hazelgrove estate , Newcastle West, Co.Limerick
Gardai at the scene on the Hazelgrove estate , Newcastle West, Co.Limerick
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE MAN SUSPECTED of killing two children and two adults in Newcastle West in Limerick is back in garda custody after spending the night in hospital, the Irish Times reports.

The man was being treated in Cork University Hospital for a hand injury on Wednesday.

Postmortem examinations have confirmed that all four victims had died from multiple stab wounds: 25-year-old Sarah Hines, her two children three-year-old Reece and five-month-old Amy, and their mother’s friend Alicia Brough are suspected to have died on Monday.

More details of the suspect’s movements on Monday have also been revealed.

The suspect caught a bus to Limerick at about 5.30 on Monday evening, he then changed in Ennis and travelled to Kilkee. He then checked into a hotel, paid for a room in cash and spent the night alone, the Irish Times reports.

On Tuesday, he made two phone calls from a public phone in Kilkee.

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Shortly after one of the phonecalls, gardaí were altered to the whereabouts of the suspect. One witness said that he had been “supping a pint” wher gardaí tracked him down and arrested him.

It is understood that he gave the gardaía false name but he was nonetheless arrested on suspicion of murder.

Gardaí are asking for anyone who was in the Hazlegrove Estate on 15 0r 16 November to contact the incident room Newcastle West Garda station on 069 20650.

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