Irish pensioner killed with 'machete' outside Dublin home

Irish pensioner killed with 'machete' outside Dublin home

AN ELDERLY IRISH MAN has been stabbed to death outside his home in Dublin.

77-year-old Peter McDonald was reportedly attacked with a "machete-like" weapon after he confronted a man smashing the window of a nearby car.

The incident occurred in the Whitechapel Road area of Clonsilla on Saturday morning.

Gardai were called to the scene and later arrested a 48-year-old suspect following a five-hour standoff with armed officers, where he allegedly refused to leave his home.

It's understood that the man arrested was known to Mr McDonald, and that the pair had been involved in a number of altercations prior to the attack.

A source told the Irish Independent: "There is a history of complaints relating to typical neighbourhood disagreements like noise and things like that.

"But there was no previous violence involved.

"So the two men were certainly known to each other but what exactly lead to this horrific killing is not yet known.

"The suspect lived very close to the scene and he was arrested at his home after initially refusing to come out."

The suspect is reportedly known to gardai and has been arrested previously in relation to a number of burglaries and thefts in the area.