Horror killing Man (20s) arrested in connection with murder of pensioner in Dublin’s south inner city
CCTV captured Kwok Ping Cheng, known to friends as ‘Chinese George,’ walking from his flat in Robinson’s Court last week.
May 05 2021 12:27 PM
A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the murder of a pensioner in Dublin last week.
Gardai launched a murder probe after Hong Kong native Kwok Ping Cheng was found dead in his flat by a care worker on 31 April.
Detectives arrested the man earlier today and he is currently being detained in Kevin Street Garda Station.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí in Kevin Street have this morning, Wednesday 5th May 2021, arrested a man in his 20s in relation to the discovery of body of a male at a residence on Cork Street, Dublin 8 on the 29th April 2021.
“He is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a south Dublin Garda station on suspicion of murder.”
The killer is believed to have entered the property through a window.
Gardai are believed to have obtained excellent quality CCTV in connection with the investigation.
One video clip published in the Sunday World captured Kwok Ping Cheng, known to friends as ‘Chinese George,’ walking from his flat in Robinson’s Court shortly after noon last Wednesday – less than 24 hours before his bloodied body was discovered.
George’s best friend and neighbour Terry Murphy said the 77-year-old always left his front door unlatched – meaning the person who killed him would have been able to just walk into the flat.
“Everyone called him ‘Chinese George’,”
“He was my best friend … people called us the odd couple because he was Chinese and I’m Irish.
“He used to call in here for a drink with me and would always ask me whether I wanted anything from the shops.
“He was here on Wednesday the day before the murder and he was in great form.
“Poor George, he never did anyone any harm. He used leave the front door open and I’d just walk in and call ‘George’ and if he was there I’d go into him.”
Kwok, or George, was found dead, his remains covered in blood, by a care worker who visited his apartment in Robinson’s Court, off Dublin’s Cork Street, on Thursday morning.
Gardaí believed he had been struck in the head and body with an axe.
It’s understood there was no sign of a forced entry and investigators believe George’s apartment door was unlocked.
George had a wife and son also living in Ireland, but sources say he had not been in contact with them for a number of years.
Another neighbour said George had lived in Robinson’s Court for at least 10 years.
“He was here years before I got here and I came here seven or eight years ago,” the neighbour said.
“He came here after the British handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese.
“George liked a drink and he would often have people come in to there to have a drink with him. I last saw George the day before he was found.”
Asked whether people in Robinson’s Court were worried that the person who killed George is still on the loose, the neighbour replied: “Well, I certainly am.
“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in here.”
Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information on the murder of George to come forward, particularly those in or passing by the Robinson’s Court area of Cork Street between 6pm on Wednesday and 11am on Thursday.
Anyone with information can call Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400 or the Garda Confidential Line on.