New Year Poker Game Leads to Fatal Stabbing in Ireland

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New Year Poker Game Leads to Fatal Stabbing in Ireland
02 Jan

Police in Ireland have appealed for information after a 40-year old Polish man was fatally stabbed on New Year’s Eve following an argument over a poker game according to the Irish newspaper The Independent.

Marek Swider, who was described by a former work colleague as “a very nice man and an extremely hard worker”, died after the poker dispute spilled out onto the street in Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff – the news report stating that: ‘traces of blood could still be seen yesterday around the front door’.

A neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that:

“They were all playing poker on New Year’s Eve and at one stage an argument broke out,” adding: “It then fell out onto the street and unfortunately one of the men ended up getting stabbed."

Swider, who is believed to have worked in Liffey Meats, was rushed to Cavan General Hospital after the stabbing, but was ‘pronounced dead shortly after 9.30 yesterday morning’, according to police.

His former colleague said “he didn’t have any children and shared his house with about five other Polish men”, and the unnamed neighbour stated:

“There was never any trouble in that house before and it’s very sad to hear something like this happening so close by.”

The Gardaí – the local Irish police - have already contacted Swider’s family in Poland and appointed a family liaison officer but have not released the official post mortem details, explaining “for operational reasons the results are not being disclosed at this stage.”

There have been no arrests as yet and Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was driving on the Dublin road, Ballyjamesduff between 10.30pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve to contact them.

The Independent reported that the police ‘are also calling on members of the Polish community’ to contact the local police station in Baileboro on (042) 969 4570 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111.

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