A mother of three has been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in Dublin on Tuesday morning.
etectives are probing whether the victim was stabbed in a row over a parking space.
Gardaí are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder of 39-year-old Gareth Kelly – who is originally from Donomore Park in Killinarden, Tallaght.
A woman in her 30s was charged and will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this afternoon.
She was arrested shortly after the 7am knife attack in the Brownsbarn Estate in the Kingswood area of south Dublin.
Mr Kelly is understood to have been stabbed at least three times after he tried to start his car in a space that may not have been his.
It is understood he had left his partner’s home to go to work yesterday morning but his car would not start and he was trying to jump-start the vehicle when he was attacked.
The woman lives in a nearby house, which was the subject of a major Garda search operation yesterday.
Neither the victim nor the arrested mother of young children were previously known to gardaí for any involvement in criminality.
They were not known to each other before yesterday morning’s events. Mr Kelly’s Skoda was examined at the scene – it still had the bonnet open and jump leads attached to the battery – before it was removed for further investigations.
Locals expressed their shock at the incident. One woman, who didn’t want to be named, said her daughter was “very shaken up”.
“She’s doing her best to help the guards in any way she can, but we can’t get inside her house to see her,” she said.
“She lives close to where the incident happened so maybe she has information that can help them.”
Another woman said she used to live in the house that was being inspected by gardaí and forensic investigators.
“I moved out of there about four years ago and nearly fainted when I heard what had happened,” she said.
“I’m just so shocked that something so violent happened right outside my old house.
“It’s an awful tragedy and hopefully the person responsible is brought to justice.”
Another resident described Brownsbarn Wood as a quiet place to live.
“I woke up by the sounds of guards knocking on my door to question me whether I had seen or heard anything.
“I’m not sure what happened, but it was an awful thing to hear first thing in the morning.
“The residents who live here usually leave for work or college quite early, so I’m sure someone is in a position to help the guards,” he said.
Gardaí continued to assess the scene and conduct door-to-door enquiries throughout the afternoon.
Mr Kelly is understood to have been stabbed to death near where a number of cars were parked.
His body, which could not be seen from the entrance of the estate, was examined by a pathologist before being taken away by ambulance in the early afternoon.
Gardaí yesterday said they had launched a murder investigation and appealed for information in the case.
“An Garda Síochána is investigating all the circumstances surrounding the fatal stabbing as there is no known motive at this time,” a Garda spokeswoman said.
She said gardaí were appealing to anyone who was in the Brownsbarn Estate and Kingswood area between the hours of 6am and 7am yesterday to contact them.
“Gardaí are particularly appealing to road users who may have camera footage,” she added.