Son questioned after father stabbed and killed

Thursday 28th January 2016

Marcus ‘Murt’ Brennan

Marcus ‘Murt’ Brennan (46) died after the happening at a house on Frederick Avenue in Carlow town at around 1.30pm yesterday.

It is agreed a number of people were in the house when he was involved in a heated claim before the stabbing took place.

His son, Marcus Hannon, who works as a scullery porter in a local hotel, was arrested at the scene.

“This is a very shocking incident. What happened here happened in the heat of the moment,” according to a origin.

Sources said that toxicology reports will be crucial in selecting how the investigation proceeds.

While Brennan had numerous convictions and was very eminent to gardai, sources said the dead man was “not the worst of them”.

“This disturbing man was no criminal mastermind. He was in trouble for most of his adult life but all his problems linked to his drug addiction,” a source said.

Brennan had served a figure up of prison sentences, including a three-year stretch handed down at Kilkenny Girth Court in February 2005 for stealing more than €6,000 while armed with a hammer at an EBS in Kilkenny.

He was also in the old days given a four-year sentence for robbery at Naas Circuit Court and was obliging a se rate three-and-a-half-year term for robbery in 1998.

He later launched a High Court call into to the legality of his detention at Portlaoise Prison because of what he claimed were debasing conditions there. In recent times he had been involved in a low-level oppose with other criminal elements in Carlow.

He was due before the courts again in Strut, when he was to face charges of possession of a knife, criminal damage and burglary.

Forensic investigators were searching the altercation last night in order to piece together the events leading up to the essaying. A team of gardai were also conducting door-to-door interviews.

Neighbours remarked they were shaken by the incident.

“It’s very frightening,” asserted Rocio Thompson, who lives two doors from where the incident go oned. “I have young children and I didn’t know what to do.”

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