Battered to Death, Alleged for a small Drug Debt, that was Owed by a Female friend, many out there Know, the Murderers?

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HUNT FOR KILLER 

Drugs den murder victim pictured as grim details reveal how killer may have tried to hide his body

  • 7:00, 14 Sep 2022

THE killer of a man who was found brutally murdered in a suspected drugs den attempted to hide his victim’s body.

The Irish Sun can reveal the body of the man, named locally as Anthony Dempsey, 28, was found partially covered with items inside the flat at Kevin Barry House in north inner city Dublin around 6.30pm on Monday night. He is said to have been there for over a week.

Anthony Dempsey was found partially covered with items inside a flat at Kevin Barry House in north inner city Dublin
Anthony Dempsey was found partially covered with items inside a flat at Kevin Barry House in north inner city Dublin
Anthony's body being removed from the flat after it was discovered
Anthony’s body being removed from the flat after it was discoveredCredit: Collins Photo Agency
Forensic investigations were carried out at the scene
Forensic investigations were carried out at the sceneCredit: Collins Photo Agency

Investigators from the Bridewell Garda station have now launched a murder inquiry after the victim suffered serious head injuries and bruising to his body.

It’s not clear if a weapon was used in the brutal assault.

The alarm was raised after residents believed there was a problem with the sewage due to the strong smells at the complex.

Once gardai responded to the alarm, they found the man’s body inside the flat.

There were also two men and a woman in the flat while another woman called to the property. They will all be interviewed by gardai.

One theory is that he may have been targeted in a row over drugs or cash.

A source said: “It looks as if there might have been an attempt to cover the body with some items from the flat.

“The victim suffered an extremely violent death.

“A lot of people visit the property and there are people out there who know what happened to this man.”

The victim doesn’t live at the complex. But locals told how the flat had been used as a “crack den” over the last two years.

One told us: “Residents have been complaining about this flat for two years but nothing has ever been done about it.

“Unfortunately it has taken a murder for groups to finally take notice about the type of behaviour that’s going on in this complex.

“Residents are being terrorised by people coming to this complex so they can take crack cocaine.

CCTV FOOTAGE TRAWL

“Even when that man’s body was inside the flat people were still staying there.”

As part of the Garda investigation, officers will examine CCTV footage in the days leading up to the grim discovery.

They will also conduct door to door inquiries in the area as part of their efforts to gather information.

The flat was also being examined for clues by the Garda National Technical Bureau.

Detectives held a case conference yesterday to discuss the capital’s latest murder.

UNAWARE OF COMPLAINTS

Peter McVerry Trust said it had been managing the apartment on behalf of Dublin City Council’s Housing First programme and that its tenant had lived there for 18 months.

It said he had been “struggling to manage the front door and individuals who had no interest in the property or the tenant’s recovery.”

Telling of his sadness at what took place, Pat Doyle, CEO of PMVT, said staff visited at the weekend and there was no sign “that someone was deceased.”

He added: “Peter McVerry Trust is fully cooperating with the Garda.”

Mr Doyle also said he was “unaware” of complaints the property was being used as a drugs den.

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