Latest: State pathologist arrives to examine scene of Cork city killing

Latest: State pathologist arrives to examine scene of Cork city killing
Locum State Pathologist, Dr Heidi Okkers outside the house on the Bandon Road, Cork, where a student died after a row broke out on Thursday night. Picture Dan Linehan

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Ann Murphy reporting

THE locum state pathologist Heidi Okkers visited the scene of last night's stabbing on Bandon Road.

A post mortem examination is taking place this afternoon at Cork University Hospital.

A garda case conference is expected to take place later this evening.

Supports put in place for traumatised students

THE president of Cork Institute of Technology, Dr Barry O'Connor, said Cameron Blair was a valued member of the institute's community.

He said: "The entire CIT community is in shock at the untimely death of one of our students and in such dreadful circumstances. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased who was a valued member of our CIT community."

He added the second-semester lectures at the campus have not yet gotten underway. But he said that counselling "and other necessary supports" will be put in place at CIT for the students, including his classmates.

He continued: "We are also working in close cooperation with our CIT Students’ Union to help students cope with this terrible tragedy. I am confident that our UCC colleagues will also be putting supports in place for their students who are also traumatised by this fatality."

Superintendent Mick Comyns with Locum State Pathologist, Dr Heidi Okkers outside the house on the Bandon Road, Cork, where a student died after a row broke out on Thursday night. Picture Dan Linehan
Superintendent Mick Comyns with Locum State Pathologist, Dr Heidi Okkers outside the house on the Bandon Road, Cork, where a student died after a row broke out on Thursday night. Picture Dan Linehan

Students at Cameron Blair's alma mater, Bandon Grammar School, are also being offered counselling today.

In a statement on its website, the school said: "It is with great regret that we learned of a tragic incident in Cork last night resulting in the death of a former pupil. Our school community is deeply affected, particularly senior students as the deceased still has family members in the school. The management and staff extend our sincere condolences go to the family and friends."

The statement continued: "Students are being cared for and counselled in school. Classes continue for all year groups as we try to keep the school day as normal as possible, while recognising the traumatic impact on many."

All after school activities have been cancelled.

Cameron was someone who was always smiling and was a great person to be around.

That is according to the president of the students union at Cork Institute of Technology, Aaron Buckley.

Mr Buckley said: “I had the pleasure of getting to know Cameron over the last 18 months, he was always smiling and always a great person to be around. Counselling and other necessary supports will be made available to any of his peers or classmates at this incredibly difficult time.” He urged students to contact suwelfare@cit.ie or supresident@cit.ie “if there is anything at all we can help with at this awful time”.

And he said: “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and many friends at this time. Cameron was a valued member of the CIT community and his death will be felt greatly by everyone who knew him.” Meanwhile, the UCC flag is at half-mast today as a mark of respect to the 20-year-old.

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THE student who died after being stabbed on Bandon Road last night has been named locally as Cameron Blair, from outside Clonakilty.

Cameron Blair pictured in 2015. Pic: Gerard McCarthy 
Cameron Blair pictured in 2015. Pic: Gerard McCarthy 

The 20-year-old was a student of Cork Institute of Technology and was a former student of Bandon Grammar School.

Cameron was from Ballinascarthy and was a second-year student of chemical engineering at CIT.

This morning, Bandon Athletics Club released a statement, saying he had been a member of the club for a number of years. He competed at local and national level, winning medals at West Cork, County, Munster and National levels.

The statement continued: “ In 2017 he helped the men's team to a 2nd place finish at the National league promoting them to Premier. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” The club expressed its deepest sympathies to his family.

He was also a member of Bandon Rugby Club.

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GARDAI are urging people not to share footage on social media of the incident which led to the death of a Cork stab victim last night.

The 20-year-old from west Cork was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital last night after being stabbed at the entrance to a house on Bandon Road. A party had been going on in the house and the stabbing took place during an altercation between a number of youths.

It is expected that the investigation could be upgraded to a murder probe later today following a post mortem examination by locum State pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers.

A Garda on duty outside the house on the Bandon Road, Cork, where a student died after a row broke out on Thursday night. Picture Dan Linehan
A Garda on duty outside the house on the Bandon Road, Cork, where a student died after a row broke out on Thursday night. Picture Dan Linehan

This morning, Superintendent Michael Comyns appealed to anyone who has footage taken at the scene last night to bring it to investigating gardaí.

And he urged anyone with footage not to share it on social media because, he said, it could hamper and jeopardise the garda investigation.


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A POST mortem will be carried out today on the body of a young man believed to have been killed in a stabbing incident on the Bandon Road last night. 

The man is understood to be in his late teens or early 20s and is from West Cork and believed to be a student at CIT.

Gardaí will launch their investigation today with a round of door-to-door inquiries this morning.

A number of preliminary statements were taken from people nearby following the incident.

A statement from the Garda Press Office this morning said: 

"Gardaí are investigating a fatal assault that occurred at a house on Bandon Road, Cork on the 16th January, 2020.

"At approximately 9.20 pm, Gardaí received a report of an assault in which a 20 year old man had received serious injuries. The man was brought to Cork University Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

"The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination by the local Scenes of Crime unit. The local Coroner and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed. A post mortem is scheduled to take place today.

"An incident room has been set up at Togher Gardaí station and a senior investigating officer has been appointed. CCTV is being gathered and door to door enquiries are commencing this morning.

"Gardaí are appealing for anyone who has any information to contact us. Anyone who was in the Bandon Road area between 8pm and 10pm who witnessed anything or anyone with dash cam or mobile phone footage is asked to contact Togher Garda Station on 021-494 7120, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

"Anyone who does have any details or video footage is asked to contact Gardaí and not to share it on social media."

The man suffered what is understood to have been a stab wound to the neck.

There were reports the victim staggered along the road before collapsing at a local takeaway.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30pm and three ambulances rushed to the scene.

The man received medical attention at the scene and was rushed to Cork University Hospital but passed away.

A number of areas on Bandon Rd were sealed off by gardaí.

A garda spokesman confirmed they had sealed off the road following the incident and it would remain closed as forensic experts examined the scene.

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