Co Monaghan

Gardaí probing links between stabbing and fatal road crash in Co Monaghan

It’s believed that the two deaths are connected.

LAST UPDATE | Dec 1st 2022, 9:12 PM

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING links between two deaths in Co Monaghan earlier today, with post-mortem examinations of the two bodies due to take place tomorrow.  

A man’s body was discovered at a house at Knockreagh Lower, Broomfield, Co. Monaghan, this morning – an area around 8km to the south of Castleblayney and close to the border. It’s believed he had been the victim of a stabbing. 

Another man later died in a road crash in the county on the nearby N53 Castleblayney to Dundalk Road.

Sources described the scene at the house as ‘horrific’ and said the man who died had suffered multiple stab wounds. 

Detectives are investigating whether the man killed in the crash had also been at the scene of the stabbing.

The body of the man who died in the house, who was aged 60, has since been removed to the mortuary in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. A post-mortem is due to take place tomorrow morning.

Public appeal

A Garda spokesperson said this evening that the results will determine the course of the investigation

The house where the attack took place is located on a secluded, rural road with very few homes nearby.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Broomfield area between 5am and 6:45am this morning – particularly anyone with mobile phone footage or dashcam footage – to contact investigators at Castleblayney Garda Station.

mon1 Broomfield, Co Monaghan and the N53. Google Maps Google Maps

The crash, involving the second man who died and a car, happened on the Ballynacarry Bridge on the N53, Castleblayney to Dundalk Road.

The body of the man, aged in his late 30s, has also been removed to the mortuary in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for a post-mortem, also due to take place tomorrow morning.

The technical examination of the scene has concluded and the road has since reopened.

Gardaí in Carrickmacross are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the vicinity of the N53 this morning and who have camera footage, including dash-cam, are asked to make it available to gardaí.

mon2 The area around the crash scene has been cordoned off by gardaí. Diarmuid Pepper / The Journal Diarmuid Pepper / The Journal / The Journal

Castleblayney councillor Aidan Campbell told The Journal this afternon that it’s “very tragic news for the area”.

He offered his “heartfelt sympathies” to the families involved and to the “blue light services dealing with this”.

Campbell added that it is his understanding that the two deaths are connected, and urged anyone who has any information to come forward to gardaí.

Diarmuid Pepper & Niall O'Connor