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Gardaí to keep open mind in Ballymun murder investigation as appeal for information launched

The woman has been named locally as Lisa Thompson.

LAST UPDATE | 11 May 2022

GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for information over the death of a 52-year-old woman, who was found dead in North Dublin yesterday.

Lisa Thompson, a mother-of-two, was discovered in a house in Sandyhill Gardens in Ballymun shortly before 3.30pm yesterday. It is understood she had been stabbed to death. 

A murder investigation has since been launched and the body has been removed to the City Morgue in Whitehall.

Earlier this morning, Chief State Pathologist Linda Mulligan commenced a post-mortem.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Superintendent Darren McCarthy of Ballymun Garda Station said that Gardaí are investigating all circumstances of the murder and that they are keeping an open mind on the attack.

“An Garda Síochána continues to investigate all the circumstances of this murder and we continue to examine all lines of enquiry and have an open mind as to the motive for this attack at this time,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy said that there had been no evidence of threats being made against Lisa before her death.

He said that the community in Ballymun was shocked by Lisa’s death as she was well known in the area.

“Lisa was a 52-year-old woman, she was well known in her local community, which is shocked over the violent and traumatic death of Lisa.”

The scene remains preserved and the Garda Technical Bureau are conducting a technical examination.

Ballymun stabbing scene 005 Gardaí at the scene at Sandyhill Gardens in Ballymun, Dublin yesterday. Leah Farrell Leah Farrell

An incident room has been established at Ballymun Garda Station under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer. A family liaison officer has been appointed to the family of the deceased.

Lisa, who was well-liked in the area, was described as a friendly mother who “doted on her children”.

One neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I knew her to see alright. It’s shocking altogether. She doted on her little ones. God love them. The poor woman. I hope they get who did it quickly.”

McCarthy thanked the public for their help so far, while also appealing for any additional information that they may have on the case.

“I would like to thank the community for the cooperation and assistance received so far and information received from across the community, continues to assist us in our investigation,” said McCarthy.

“I appeal to anyone with any information on this violent murder to contact us at Ballymun Garda station.  No matter how insignificant you think it may be, we need to hear from you.

“In particular, I am appealing to any person with information on Lisa’s movements from Saturday 7 May 2022 up to yesterday Tuesday 10 May 2022 to contact us.”

He also sought anyone with video footage from Sandyhill and the surrounding roads of Marewood Crescent, Balbutcher Lane from between Saturday and yesterday.

McCarthy urged anyone with information to contact Gardaí at Ballymun Garda Station on  01 6664400, the Garda Confidential Line phone number 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

With reporting by Garreth MacNamee

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