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Man Who Murdered Musician Went Shopping In Dundrum Afterwards


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A court’s heard a man went shopping in Dundrum hours after he had murdered a musician in Dublin.

24 year old Charles Cleary stabbed 25 year old Leo Carolan to death on the South Circular Road in October 2016.

He also tried to kill another man during the same attack and stole 14 thousand euro.

On October the 4th 2016 the victims in this case – Leo Carolan and Ludovic Thomas - were at a flat on the South Circular Road in Dublin.

The accused Charles Cleary called in and saw that Mr Thomas had 14 thousand euro on him.

The court heard Cleary decided to steal the money, he picked up a knife and stabbed Mr Thomas in the stomach.

Mr Thomas managed to escape and ran onto the road covered in blood and holding the knife.

Hearing the noise, Leo Carolan came into the room and Cleary grabbed another knife and proceeded to stab him at least 12 times.

Cleary then stole the cash – he later went to Dundrum and did some shopping, socialised with his friends and paid off a credit union loan the following morning.

Leo Carolan died from his knife injuries while Ludovic Thomas survived.

In a victim impact statement - Leo Carolan’s mother said her son was taken in a brutal and traumatic manner which was the opposite of everything he stood for.

Speaking outside court, Mr Thomas thanked the people who saved his life on the South Circular Road that day.

"I'd like to thank those people that pretty much saved my life that day, to the people that surrounded me and to the hospital staff as well", he said.

Cleary, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to the mandatory life term in prison for murder.

The 24 year old of no fixed address but originally from the Rathfarnham area was also sentenced to 15 years in jail for the attempt on Mr Thomas’s life.

That’s to run alongside the murder sentence.


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